Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

June 11, 2008 09:12 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Services in Conception Bay to Help Women Escape Domestic Violence

CONCEPTION HARBOUR, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - Women in Conception Bay working to escape domestic violence and build a stronger future for themselves are getting help from the Government of Canada.

Mr. Fabian Manning, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $150,000 in funding for the Iris Kirby House under the Government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).

"Our government is helping women who need support to escape violent situations," said Mr. Manning. "We are proud to support community efforts that help find local solutions to local problems. With this investment, Iris Kirby House will be able to implement initiatives that will help women in Conception Bay who find themselves exposed to domestic violence."

This funding will make it possible for Iris Kirby House to offer transitional housing for up to ten women from Holyrood to Carbonear through the purchase and renovation of an eight-room house in Conception Harbour. Iris Kirby House will provide women who are escaping domestic violence with healing time to enable them to move from temporary to permanent housing.

"This property now means that women from that area, after having availed themselves of the programs and services of our shelter, will be ready to start a new life free of abuse close to their family and friends," said Ms. Gail Tobin, Executive Director of the Iris Kirby House. "With the assistance of the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, we are very excited to be able to extend our services and programming, and look forward to having the property ready for occupancy in early fall."

The HPS is providing $269.6 million over two years to help communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively. The Strategy recognizes that housing stability is essential to self-sufficiency and full participation in Canadian society. It focuses on transitional and supportive housing as important measures to help people break free from the cycle of homelessness. With its clear goals of improved partnerships, enhanced sustainability and tangible results, the Strategy is providing concrete, meaningful and lasting results for Canadians in need.

"Our government is investing more in affordable and supportive housing than any federal government in Canada's history, and as a result, we are helping tens of thousands of Canadians achieve a better, more stable life," said Mr. Manning.

The link between homelessness and mental illness is well established. In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the first-ever Mental Health Commission of Canada, and in Budget 2008, the Government committed $110 million for the Commission to develop new innovative demonstration projects that will help Canadians facing mental health and homelessness challenges.

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The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) began on April 1, 2007. The Strategy is providing $269.6 million over two years to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. The HPS is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness in Canada by providing funding and direct support to more than 60 communities across Canada.

Under the HPS, the Government of Canada is offering to work in partnership with all the provinces and territories. Once put in place, such partnerships would encourage better alignment of federal and provincial/territorial investments, and help to provide a seamless continuum of supports for homeless people.

The HPS has three main initiatives: the Homelessness Partnership Initiative (HPI), the Homelessness Accountability Network and the Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative.

The Homelessness Partnership Initiative is the cornerstone of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Its housing-first approach recognizes that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

The HPI has four funding components:

- Designated Communities

- Outreach Communities

- Aboriginal Communities

- Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects

The Homelessness Accountability Network helps to strengthen program accountability. It also develops knowledge and encourages organizations to reinforce their networks and share best practices.

The Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative makes surplus federal property as well as land available to community organizations, the not-for-profit sector, and other levels of government for projects to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Service Canada
    Newfoundland and Labrador Region, St. John's
    Lorne Lambert
    Regional Manager, Communications