Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 18, 2011 07:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps youth Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - Homeless and at-risk youth in St. John's will have better access to community services, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Cabinet Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, made the announcement 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 those seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Minister MacKay. "We are pleased to work with the Community Youth Network in its efforts to help our most vulnerable youth learn about the support services available to them in their community and to encourage them to get involved."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $58,000 will allow the Community Youth Network to continue to provide its expanded outreach program for homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 29. The goal of this program is to reach out to youth in need who are not voluntarily participating in community supports, or who are not aware of them. This program has been receiving federal support since 2008. With today's announcement, the Government of Canada will have invested a total of $146,222 in the program.

The funding amount is contingent upon the completion of an official agreement with the organization.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

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 on 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 March 14, 2011, the Government has provided over $438 million in HPS funding for a total of 1,358 projects 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 and stable housing and related supports is an important element in addressing homelessness and in 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 Homelessness Partnering Strategy provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy uses a housing-first approach, recognizing that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the seven funding streams, please visit the following website: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Ryan Sparrow
    Director of Communications
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559