Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 02, 2012 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Aboriginal People Who Are Homeless in Saskatchewan

LA LOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2012) - Aboriginal people who are homeless will benefit from new transitional housing, announced Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians to help them meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Clarke. "By partnering with the Methy Construction and Maintenance Corporation to provide essential services to people in need, we are doing our part to prevent and address homelessness in Saskatchewan."

"Methy Construction is very appreciative of the funding support received from the Government of Canada, through the Homelessness Partnership Strategy program. This funding will provide four single mothers and their children with much needed transitional housing units," said Georgina Jolibois, President, Methy Construction. "It will reduce the overall homelessness situation in the community by providing a safe, stable living environment and assist families in moving towards self-sufficiency."

The Methy Construction and Maintenance Corporation is receiving over $445,000 in Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding to create four transitional housing units for single-parent Aboriginal families who are homeless.

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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 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. A renewal of the HPS extended that commitment to March 2014.

As of July 16, 2012, 2 049 approved projects totalling over $693 million have been 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 to achieve self-sufficiency and participate fully in society. This model seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories and 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 housing stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness. It is also necessary for the success of other interventions such as education and training, the development of life skills and the management of mental health issues.

For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559