Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 22, 2012 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Those Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Rural and Remote Communities

HOPE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2012) - Rural communities across the country will have access to valuable homelessness research funded by the Government of Canada. This announcement was made today by Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, 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 to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Strahl. "We are pleased to partner with the Hope & Area Transition Society. Through partnerships like this one, we are helping to raise awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness in rural and remote communities and enabling these communities to find local solutions."

"This project will determine the extent of homelessness and people at risk of homelessness, including those inadequately housed and individuals or families who 'couch surf' in these smaller more rural communities," said Geraldine Dyble, Executive Director of the Hope & Area Transition Society. "This is a positive step forward in determining why at-risk individuals seek smaller communities to settle in and to help smaller communities gain strategies on addressing homelessness."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of almost $70,000 will be used by the Hope & Area Transition Society to identify who is migrating to the communities of Boston Bar, Agassiz and Hope, how migration is affecting homelessness in these communities and how services could be tailored to better meet the needs of those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Once the study is completed, a final report will be shared with other similarly sized communities to assist with future community planning.

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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 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 4, 2012, a total of 2 037 approved projects totalling over $687 million have been funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness 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, 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 HPS provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The HPS encourages a housing-first approach, which recognizes that housing stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness. This approach is necessary for the success of other interventions, such as education and training, life skills development or management of mental health issues.

For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559