Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 28, 2011 09:00 ET

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

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) - Youth in need will benefit from continued support and services 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 be working with Kamloops' Interior Community Services in its efforts to help youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the community."

"We are grateful for the continuing support of the Government of Canada in this project," said Tammy Kosolofski, Manager of Residential and Youth Services. "This funding enables us to provide outreach services to at-risk and homeless youth in Kamloops. We have established partnerships with various youth service providers in the community; these partnerships are the cornerstones that help people most in need to build on their strengths and to begin to see their own successes."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of nearly $35,000 will be used by Interior Community Services to continue providing its Street Services – Youth Outreach program in the downtown core of Kamloops for youth aged 13 to 24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program helps youth with basic needs such as shelter, food, and housing, and provides individual support services, including referrals to treatment or health services.

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, 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