Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 17, 2011 14:45 ET

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

CAMPBELLTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 17, 2011) - Families and individuals at risk of homelessness will have better access to support services, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Madawaska–Restigouche, announced on 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 Valcourt. "We are pleased to support the Restigouche County Volunteer Action Association in its efforts to continue to serve and support people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Even through difficult times they continued their great work within our community."

Last year, Restigouche County Volunteer Action Association lost their main office, food bank and all its contents, due to a fire. Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $99,914 was used to purchase equipment for the new facility, which supports the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

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 June 13, 2011, a total of 1 745 approved projects totalling over $633 million were funded under the HPS 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 in 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 www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness

Contact Information

  • Ann Matejicka
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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