Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 27, 2012 15:30 ET

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

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 27, 2012) - Canadians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to transitional housing and support services, announced the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, 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 to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Minister Toews. "We are pleased to support the City of Winnipeg in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems. By working together, we are creating community projects and partnerships to improve and create services and facilities for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness."

"We are pleased to partner with the federal government to help Winnipeggers who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless," said Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz. "This arrangement gives us the ability to work with our local agencies that specialize in addressing homelessness issues at the grassroots level. Together, we can identify supports and services that are necessary, and then draw upon the funding to deliver."

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy is investing over $11.5 million in the City of Winnipeg over the next two years. The City will be distributing this funding to local organizations for the development of housing and support services for homeless and at-risk individuals in Winnipeg.

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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 April 23, 2012, a total of 1 984 approved projects totalling over $670 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 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, 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, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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