Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 17, 2011 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps Those who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Brantford

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 17, 2011) - Families and individuals in Brantford working towards building a stronger future for themselves are getting help from the Government of Canada. Mr. Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, 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. McColeman. "We are pleased to support the City of Brantford Housing Department in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems. By working together, we are creating community projects and partnerships to improve and develop services and facilities for homeless and at-risk individuals."

"Stable, safe and affordable housing is critical for everyone," said His Worship Chris Friel, Mayor of the City of Brantford. "While homelessness and its related issues are interwoven and complex, there is much we can do to help. With this funding from the Government of Canada, we look forward to working with our community in making a better life for its most vulnerable citizens."

From April 1, 2011, to March 31, 2014, the City of Brantford Housing Department will distribute Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $398,820 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 in Brantford.

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 May 23, 2011, the Government has provided over $634 million in HPS funding for a total of 1,748 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
    Ann Matejicka
    819-994-2482

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