Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 12, 2010 13:00 ET

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

BRANDON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - Homeless and at-risk individuals in Brandon will have access to more temporary housing as a result of support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon–Souris, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is assisting Canadians with housing needs, and is helping those seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Tweed. "The Government of Canada is pleased to support this project, which will create transitional, emergency and supportive housing for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness, including Aboriginal people and their families."

"We are grateful for the Government of Canada's additional support for this much-needed emergency and transitional housing project," said Mr. Glen Kruck, Regional Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association. "This project will make a positive difference in the lives of those who are in need of assistance."

"We're grateful to be receiving additional funds for this transitional housing unit project," said Ms. Darlene Paquette, President of the Brandon Friendship Centre. "With these additional funds, we can achieve our goal of completing renovations and moving people into the transitional suites by March 31, 2011."

Through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, the Government of Canada is contributing over $198,000 to help the Canadian Mental Health Association Westman Region and the Brandon Friendship Centre complete renovations to the Massey Integrated Housing Complex. These renovations will create over 20 housing units. The funding being announced today is in addition to the $819,500 in support that the Government has already provided to the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Brandon Friendship Centre for this project, bringing the total investment to more than $1 million.

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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. 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 October 4, 2010, the Government has provided over $415 million in HPS funding for a total of 1 310 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 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