Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 11, 2011 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Those Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Alberta

ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2011) - A food bank serving the homeless and at-risk population of St. Albert is receiving support from the Government of Canada to upgrade its facility's security and to purchase much-needed supplies. Mr. Brent Rathgeber, Member of Parliament for Edmonton–St. Albert, 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 Mr. Rathgeber. "We are pleased to support the St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village Society in its efforts to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in its community."

"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for its generosity and assistance with this project," said Ms. Suzan Krecsy, Executive Director of the St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village Society. "This support will certainly help create a safer work environment and ensure that all of the homeless clients who need to use the shower facilities will be able to do so in an environment of respect and dignity."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $2,800 will be used by the St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village Society to upgrade the alarm system in its facility, which will ensure the safety of staff, clients and the items stored in the facility. The funding will also be used by the organization to purchase important supplies, allowing it to continue operating its shower facilities for homeless individuals.

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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 December 27, 2010, the Government has provided over $419 million in HPS funding for a total of 1 333 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 Homelessness Partnering Strategy 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.

The HPS has seven funding streams:

Regionally Delivered:

  • Designated Communities

  • Outreach Communities

  • Aboriginal Communities

Nationally Delivered:

  • Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects

  • Homelessness Knowledge Development

  • Homeless Individuals and Families Information System 

  • Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative

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

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559