Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 10, 2012 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Women and Children Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Moncton

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - April 10, 2012) - Local women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to transitional housing and support services, announced Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, 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 to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Goguen. "We are pleased to partner with the YWCA of Moncton. Through partnerships like this one, we are providing women and their children with support services and a roof over their heads."

"YWCA Moncton is thrilled to partner with the Government of Canada for this important work in our community," said Jewell Mitchell, Executive Director, YWCA Moncton. "With government support and our organizational expertise in providing services to women and children, this initiative will help address an underserved and uniquely vulnerable population: women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $125,000 will be used by the YWCA of Moncton for this transitional housing project. The women will also receive support services, such as referrals to employment programs, to improve the quality of their lives and to help them maintain housing.

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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 April 2, 2012, a total of 1 801 approved projects totalling over $642 million were 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, recognizing that an important first step in addressing homelessness is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

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

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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