Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 23, 2012 13:00 ET

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

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2012) - Local people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to support services, announced Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs and helping break the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Zimmer. "We are pleased to partner with the organization Active Support Against Poverty. By working together, we are helping homeless and vulnerable individuals stabilize their circumstances and move towards self-sufficiency."

"Through the tenant support worker project, we are able to support a large number of people here in Prince George, not only with their housing needs, but with other challenges which contribute to homelessness," said Audrey Schwartz, Executive Director, Active Support Against Poverty. "Our ultimate goal is to have our tenants participate in our community in a positive way and that starts with having a safe place to call home."

Active Support Against Poverty (ASAP) is receiving Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $45,000 to hire a tenant support worker who, over the next year, will assist 200 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by assessing their needs and referring them to community-based programs and services. In addition, the worker will help 15 individuals find housing.

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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 16, 2012, a total of 1 877 approved projects totalling over $652 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 becoming homeless 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, visit

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada