Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 28, 2012 10:00 ET

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

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2012) - Local youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to transitional housing, announced Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is lending a hand to Canadians with housing needs, thereby helping people to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Boughen. "We are pleased to partner with Regina Youth for Christ Inc. in its efforts to support vulnerable youth in need of transitional housing. Through this investment, we are providing youth with a path toward self-sufficiency and stability."

Regina Youth for Christ Inc. (RYFC) is receiving Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $95,000 to expand its Uturn program, which offers semi-independent housing for youth. RYFC will use the funding to develop and furnish two new transitional housing units with one bed each. These units will be available to a minimum of two youth per year who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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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 January 30, 2012, a total of 1 758 approved projects totalling over $636 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 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, 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 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