Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 16, 2012 08:30 ET

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

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - April 16, 2012) - Local youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will benefit from job skills training, announced the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Regional Minister for New Brunswick, 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 Minister Ashfield. "We are pleased to partner with Youth in Transition Inc. Through partnerships like this one, we are helping develop and deliver projects for vulnerable Canadians."

"We are very pleased to receive funding from the Government of Canada to be able to do such meaningful research in the area of a needs assessment for homeless and at-risk male youth," said Julie Gallant Daigle, Executive Director of Youth in Transition Inc. "Unfortunately, there are currently no safe, stable and/or supportive housing options and limited other services for this group. This research will help to determine the needs of these at-risk youth and will guide and direct us to then meet those identified needs within our community."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding of $70,000 will be used by Youth in Transition Inc. to identify the needs of young men, ages 16 to 18, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Up to four vulnerable youth will be trained as research assistants to interview approximately 200 participants and help determine their housing, program and service needs. The research results will help Youth in Transition with future 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 April 9, 2012, a total of 1 815 approved projects totalling over $643 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 homelessnes 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