Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 06, 2011 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 6, 2011) - People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in St. John's will receive better support services, thanks to the Government of Canada. The Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is providing assistance to Canadians with housing needs and is helping people who are trying to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Minister Penashue. "We are pleased to be working with Stella Burry Community Services in its efforts to help homeless and at-risk individuals in their community."

"We are delighted that the federal government is continuing its funding for capacity building resources to address housing and homelessness needs in our region," said Jocelyn Greene, Executive Director of Stella Burry Community Services. "To date, these resources have greatly contributed to partnership development and to the completion of multiple supportive housing projects. They have also leveraged significant other funding sources to improve our ability to prevent and reduce homelessness in our community."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding of $144,273 will allow Stella Burry Community Services to launch local, collaborative initiatives that will improve service delivery for homeless and at-risk individuals in St. John's. The goal of this project is to enhance community development and the capacity of local partner organizations. This project has been receiving HPS support since 2007. With today's announcement, the Government of Canada will have invested a total of $927,070 in this project.

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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 June 20, 2011, a total of 1 745 approved projects totalling over $633 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 and 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 Homelessness Partnering Strategy provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy uses a housing-first approach, recognizing that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

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

Contact Information

  • Ann Matejicka
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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