Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 18, 2011 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Provides Continuous Support to Help Youth Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - A total of 85 homeless or at-risk youth in the Yarmouth area will benefit from continued services and transitional housing, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Greg Kerr, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for West Nova, 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 Mr. Kerr. "We are pleased to be working with the Tri-County Women's Centre to help our most vulnerable youth. This continued funding will ensure that clients continue to have access to emergency and ongoing supports."

The Tri-County Women's Centre will receive close to $129,000 through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy to provide transitional housing and support services to assist homeless or at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 21, living in the region of South West Nova. These services will include emergency shelter beds, a drop-in centre and basic needs, such as meals.

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 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 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

  • 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