Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 06, 2012 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Camrose

CAMROSE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2012) - Local youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to transitional and emergency housing, announced Kevin Sorenson, Member of Parliament for Crowfoot, 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. Sorenson. "We are pleased to partner with the Camrose Open Door Association. Through partnerships like this one, we can develop projects and deliver services to help Canadians."

"This project allows the Camrose Open Door Association to fulfill our mission to give youth the best opportunities to succeed. It is an investment in the present and future for local youth and young adults who find themselves at risk," said Randal Nickel, Executive Director, Camrose Open Door Association. "Providing stable, secure housing and access to support services opens the door towards education, employment and general well-being. We want to thank the Government of Canada for making this project a reality."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $345,000 is being used by the Camrose Open Door Association to convert an existing building in the community to provide emergency and transitional housing, as well as client services to a minimum of 100 youth. The organization will also contract a researcher to assess the needs of local youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and develop housing strategies to address their needs.

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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 July 16, 2012, a total of 2 047 approved projects totalling over $693 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