Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 22, 2011 09:00 ET

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

AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2011) - Women and children in need in the Amherst area will benefit from an improved transitional housing facility, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, 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. Armstrong. "Through this investment, we can make improvements to local facilities and provide our most vulnerable citizens with the help they need, in a safe and secure environment."

"Autumn House is very grateful to the federal government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy for the monies received through this grant," said Terry Cove, Executive Director, Cumberland County Transition Association. "Our budget for maintenance is limited and we rely on grants such as this and community support in order to operate. With the grant money, we plan to enhance security at the shelter, increase heating efficiencies and do repairs to the siding on the building."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of close to $20,000 is being used by the Cumberland County Transition House Association to enhance the safety and security of its transitional facility, Autumn House, and to complete minor renovations. Autumn House offers services to women and their children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including shelter and counseling.

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 February 14, 2011, the Government has provided over $420 million in HPS funding for a total of 1 347 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 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