Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 07, 2010 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Those Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Prince Edward Island

MONTAGUE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - Thanks to the Government of Canada, individuals who are at risk of homelessness and have an intellectual disability in the eastern region of Prince Edward Island will have access to additional supportive housing. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

"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 Minister Shea. "We are pleased to support Inclusions East Inc. in its efforts to provide supportive housing so that individuals in need of ongoing support can get the help they require."

Inclusions East Inc. will receive $65,500 through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy to build a two-bedroom supportive housing apartment for individuals who are at risk of homelessness and have an intellectual disability. The project will also benefit from an additional $55,000 in funding through the Affordable Housing Initiative, for a total federal investment of more than $120,000.

"We are extremely pleased to access this funding through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, as well as the Province's PEI Housing Corporation," said Ms. Nancy MacCormac, Executive Director, Inclusions East Inc. "This will mean a great deal to individuals with a disability served through Inclusions East Inc. In a rural area, which may be lacking some of the options available in more urban centers, being able to have a supported environment to gain skills needed for independent living is certainly a welcome addition to the community." 

In September 2008, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $1.9 billion over five years, until 2014, for housing and homelessness programs for low-income Canadians. This commitment gives the Government the flexibility to work with the provinces and territories and municipalities, and with charitable organizations, to develop ways to improve the effectiveness of federal spending in the area of housing and homelessness.

Canada's Economic Action Plan has built on these investments by making an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years to build or renovate social housing, and by making available up to $2 billion in low-cost loans to Canadian municipalities over two years for housing-related infrastructure improvements. The Government's investments are creating jobs, stimulating local economies and improving the quality of life for many Canadians. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca

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 Homelessness Partnering Strategy emphasizes longer-term supportive and transitional housing by focusing on a housing-first approach to help people make the transition out of the cycle of homelessness.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness .

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan.

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 communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years, and was extended in 2008 for a further two years until March 31, 2011. 

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. 

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