Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 15, 2011 10:00 ET

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

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2011) - The Government of Canada is helping Winnipeg families and individuals who are working to build stronger futures. Shelly Glover, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, 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 those seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mrs. Glover. "We are pleased to invest in two Winnipeg organizations that have solid track records of helping vulnerable people with housing needs."

"With this funding we are able to continue to distribute furniture, appliances, household items and clothing to our clients, at no cost," said Gilbert Vielfaure, Executive Director for Centre Flavie-Laurent. "Every partnership can make a real difference in assisting people in need."

"Our organization is pleased to receive this funding as it will allow us to continue helping our clients in finding housing options for another year," said Diane Lau, Executive Director for Sara Riel Inc.

Funding of $30,192 from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy is being used by the Centre Flavie-Laurent to continue to provide basic household items such as furniture, clothes and appliances to approximately 14 000 Winnipeg residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In addition, Sara Riel is receiving $33,979 to provide supported housing services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have mental health concerns. Activities include assisting clients with finding suitable housing options and assessing independent living skills.

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, 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, and 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 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 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, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

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

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