Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 17, 2012 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 17, 2012) - People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Prince George will have greater access to food and employment services, announced Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"The Government of Canada is giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs and is helping people seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Zimmer. "By working together to provide essential services for people in need, we are doing our part to address and prevent homelessness in Prince George."

"The funding that the Saint Vincent de Paul Society is receiving through the Homelessness Partnership Strategy is a tremendous blessing," said Bernadette Goold, President of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Prince George, B.C. "It will be used to employ two and a half staff members to support our meals and family hamper programs at our drop-in centre."

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society is receiving more than $90,000 in Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding for its "Sustaining Positive Growth" project, which will help over 4 200 people through a variety of food services. Over the course of one year, staff will prepare and distribute food hampers, serve nutritious meals at the drop-in centre and host community dinners during major holidays.

"Working, contributing to one's community and giving back-these values are core to our identity as Canadians," said Alison Hagreen, Executive Director of the Prince George Brain Injured Group Society. "We are thrilled that with this grant we are able to continue to assist struggling Canadians to add "worker" and "employee" to the many labels that society applies to them.

The Prince George Brain Injured Group Society is receiving Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $40,000 for its "Beyond Survival" project. The society will partner with local service providers and businesses to find full-time, part-time and volunteer work opportunities for a minimum of 80 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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BACKGROUNDER

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 designated communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years. In September 2008, the Government committed to investing more than $1.9 billion in housing and homelessness programs over five years, until March 2014. This includes a renewal of the HPS until March 2014.

As of April 9, 2012, a total of 1 815 approved projects totalling over $643 million were funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society. This model seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

The availability of safe, stable housing and related supports is an important element in addressing homelessness and helping individuals who are homeless achieve greater self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. The Government's investments are creating jobs, stimulating local economies and improving the quality of life for many Canadians.

By working with all our partners, we will maximize results to make a lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. The HPS provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The HPS encourages a housing-first approach, recognizing that an important first step in addressing homelessness is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559