Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 09, 2011 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Whitehorse

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - The community of Whitehorse will benefit from a coordinated plan to address homelessness, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon, made the announcement 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 is helping people seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Leef. "We are pleased to support the partnership between Malloch Consulting Services and the Whitehorse Planning Group on Homelessness. Together, we are creating community projects and partnerships to improve and create services and facilities for our community's most vulnerable individuals."

"I am excited to have the opportunity to help the Whitehorse Planning Group on Homelessness plan to further support homeless people in Whitehorse," said P.I. Malloch, Principal of Malloch Consulting Services. "The funding allows us to conduct extensive research to help the Planning Group determine the priorities for the coming years to address homelessness in our community. It is a privilege to be able to contribute to this important work."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $19,000 will be used by Malloch Consulting Services and the Whitehorse Planning Group on Homelessness to complete a community plan. This plan will identify local needs and funding priorities for reducing and preventing homelessness in Whitehorse.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

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 on 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. This includes a renewal of the HPS until March 2014.

As of November 7, 2011, a total of 1 751 approved projects totalling over $635 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 in 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 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

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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