Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 08, 2010 14:00 ET

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

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2010) - Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, the River Bank Development Corporation can prepare for the construction of a new transitional housing facility in Prince Albert for individuals with an acquired brain injury who are homeless. Mr. Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, 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. Hoback. "We are pleased to partner with the River Bank Development Corporation so that people in need will have a place where they can get the support they require."

The River Bank Development Corporation will receive $71,000 through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy to complete pre-development activities for the construction of a three-bed transitional housing complex. These activities will include the purchase of land and furniture for the facility. Once built, the facility will house a minimum of three homeless adults living with an acquired brain injury.

"The River Bank Development Corporation is pleased to be a partner in this project, together with the Government of Canada and the Acquired Brain Injury Program," said Mr. Brian Howell, Manager of the River Bank Development Corporation. "This project will provide affordable and transitional housing to three clients of the Program, who are among the most vulnerable members of our society."

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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. As of October 4, 2010, a total of 1,310 approved projects totalling over $415 million were funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.

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