Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 29, 2011 12:00 ET

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

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - June 29, 2011) - People with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will benefit from prevention and support services, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada. Mr. Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon, 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. Leef. "We are pleased to partner with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon to provide outreach services so that homeless and at-risk individuals suffering from this disorder can get the support they need to achieve stability and independence."

"The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon, or FASSY, offers outreach services and advocacy for individuals with this disorder. The Society also provides education to both prevent FASD and build support for individuals with this disorder in Yukon," said Mr. Mike McCann, Executive Director of FASSY. "FASSY relies on funding from programs such as the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to ensure people with FASD have access to safe and supportive housing in our community."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $147,804 will be used to help Aboriginal people and other individuals with FASD find and maintain appropriate housing. The funding will also be used to provide other direct support services to those with FASD, including health services, training sessions and help in finding employment.

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 June 6, 2011, the Government has provided over $633 million in HPS funding for a total of 1 745 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 HPS provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The HPS uses a housing-first approach, recognizing that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

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

Contact Information

  • Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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