Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 16, 2011 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Those Who Are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness in Newfoundland and Labrador

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - Homeless and at-risk Aboriginal individuals and families will benefit from the enhanced coordination of services in their community, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Cabinet 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 giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs, and is helping those seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Minister MacKay. "The partnerships forged as a result of this project will allow vulnerable individuals and families in need to get the support necessary to find and keep housing of their own."

"This program and funding are crucial to moving our community partnerships and homelessness plan ahead," said Mr. Stanley Oliver, Executive Director of the Labrador Friendship Centre. "In particular, it will allow us to begin to address housing needs for Aboriginal people in our community, and ultimately improve their quality of life."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $51,000 will be used by the Labrador Friendship Centre to complete a variety of activities to address homelessness in the Happy Valley–Goose Bay area. In addition to raising public awareness of the homelessness situation, a coordinator will liaise with local agencies and Aboriginal organizations to develop policies and proposals that will provide both immediate and long-term solutions to the housing needs of homeless individuals in this area.

The funding amount is contingent upon the completion of an official agreement with the organization.

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 March 7, 2011, the Government has provided over $421 million in HPS funding for a total of 1 356 projects 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 HPS provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

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

For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, please visit the following website: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Ryan Sparrow
    Director of Communications
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559