Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 21, 2011 12:00 ET

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

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2011) - Aboriginal families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have access to the support services they need in the Kamloops region, thanks to the Government of Canada. Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and 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.

"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 Ms. McLeod. "We are pleased to support the Interior Indian Friendship Society in its efforts to help Aboriginal families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the community."

"The Interior Indian Friendship Society is very pleased that the Government of Canada has committed to funding a six-month extension for critical services to the urban Aboriginal and marginalized homeless and people at risk of homelessness in Kamloops," said Mr. Christopher Phillips, Executive Director of the Interior Indian Friendship Society. "We applaud the Federal Government's ongoing commitment to ending homelessness."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $55,000 will be used by the organization to help vulnerable people to access housing and financial assistance, and to learn and develop skills that will increase their employability to help them become self-sufficient. Certificate courses will be offered, including first aid and food safety.

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 6, 2011, the Government has provided over $633 million in HPS funding for a total of 1 745 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 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