Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 04, 2011 11:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps People Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Yellowknife

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - Aug. 4, 2011) - Families and individuals in Yellowknife working towards building a stronger future for themselves are getting help from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance) and Member of Parliament for Macleod, 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 Minister Menzies. "We are pleased to support the City of Yellowknife 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 individuals who are homeless and at risk."

"The City of Yellowknife is indeed pleased to have the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy support the Yellowknife Homelessness Coalition, with its long track record of effective housing and service delivery projects for our community," said His Worship Gordon Van Tighem, Mayor of Yellowknife. "This funding provides a continuing opportunity to extend services in Yellowknife through 2011-2014. This will support the well-documented needs for these projects among the most vulnerable in our community."

From April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2014, the City of Yellowknife will distribute Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding of $1,250,556 to local organizations for the development of transitional, supportive or emergency housing and support services for people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. This represents $703,668 of HPS Designated Communities funding and $546,888 of HPS Aboriginal Communities funding.

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 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 July 25, 2011, a total of 1 746 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 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