Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 22, 2011 14:00 ET

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

SHELBURNE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2011) - Vulnerable youth in the Shelburne area will be able to benefit from an enhanced facility, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margaret's, 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 Mr. Keddy. "With this investment, the Shelburne County Youth Health and Support Association can make improvements to its facility so that it better meets the needs of its clients."

"Our House offers emergency housing and services; aiding the youth in obtaining counselling, possible housing and food allowances, and long-term housing arrangements in Nova Scotia," said Jennifer Huskilson, Executive Director of Our House. "The centre, its community, and youth are very grateful for the acknowledgement of our needs and funding assistance to purchase the furniture that will help us better serve future homeless and at-risk youth."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $15,000 is being used by the organization to upgrade its existing facility, an emergency shelter and drop-in centre for youth who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Equipment, amenities and furniture are being purchased to meet the various needs of the youth using the facility.

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 February 14, 2011, the Government has provided over $420 million in HPS funding for a total of 1 347 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 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