REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - Today Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced that people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Regina will have greater access to housing and support services. The announcement was made during an event at the YMCA of Regina.
"The Government of Canada is giving a hand-up to Canadians to help them meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Lukiwski. "By partnering with the YMCA of Regina to provide essential services to people in need, we are doing our part to prevent and address homelessness in Regina."
"The YMCA of Regina is excited to work alongside the Regina Homelessness Committee and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada," said Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen, General Manager. "The YMCA of Regina's vision is to continue to build healthy communities both within and beyond our walls."
From June 2012 to March 2014, the YMCA of Regina will distribute Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding of over $2.6 million to local organizations for the development of housing and support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Regina.
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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 June 4, 2012, a total of 2,037 approved projects totalling over $687 million have been 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, which recognizes that housing stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness. This approach is necessary for the success of other interventions such as education and training, life skills development or the management of mental health issues.
For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.