Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 09, 2010 13:00 ET

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

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2010) - Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, local organizations will have the knowledge needed to better support individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Mrs. Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"The Government of Canada recognizes how important it is for local organizations to have the knowledge needed to better support individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness," said Mrs. McLeod. "We are pleased to support the vital work they do."

The Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way will receive over $69,000 through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy to research the housing inventory in Kamloops and the housing models that would best address the community's needs. In addition, the organization will raise awareness of homelessness issues in the community, and increase community involvement and partnerships in preventing and reducing homelessness in the Kamloops area.

"We are grateful to the Government of Canada for its vote of confidence and recognition of the hard work that has taken place in the last 18 months," said Ms. Brenda Aynsley, Executive Director, Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way. "Community wisdom, leadership and good will have resulted in a comprehensive community plan to end homelessness in Kamloops in five years. Thanks to the Government of Canada, we have been able to hire a coordinator to lead us through the implementation of this plan and closer to our vision where everyone in Kamloops has a place to call home and the supports to stay there."

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy emphasizes longer-term supportive and transitional housing by focusing on a housing-first approach to help people make the transition out of the cycle of homelessness. The Government of Canada is investing over $1.9 billion over five years, until 2014, for housing and homelessness programs for low-income Canadians.

Canada's Economic Action Plan has built on these investments by making an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing social housing, and by making available up to $2 billion in loans to Canadian municipalities over two years for housing-related infrastructure improvements. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

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 communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years, and was extended in 2008 for a further two years until March 31, 2011. 

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