Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 12, 2012 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps Women Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Saint John

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2012) - Women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to shelter and services, today announced Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, 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 MP Weston. "We are pleased to partner with the Coverdale Centre for Women. Through partnerships like this one, we are helping vulnerable women move towards self-sufficiency."

"Our organization develops personalized plans for the women we assist. We provide them with empowering opportunities based on their individual needs," said Mary Saulnier-Taylor, Executive Director of the Coverdale Centre for Women Inc. "Coverdale believes that by offering a continuum of care and support, sustained transition into community can be achieved."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $35,000 will be used by the Coverdale Centre for Women Inc. to help provide shelter and services to women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The women will also be offered services such as parenting programs to help them make positive lifestyle changes.

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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 August 21, 2012, a total of 2 197 approved projects totalling over $721 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, and 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