Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 16, 2011 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Reduce and Prevent Homelessness in the Waterloo Region

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - The Government of Canada is providing support to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Waterloo Region, today announced the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Southwestern Ontario.

"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 Finley. "We are pleased to support the Region of Waterloo in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems. Through partnerships like these ones, we are helping individuals, seniors and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness."

"We are very pleased that the federal government has renewed the Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding for the Waterloo Region for three more years," said Mr. Ken Seiling, Regional Chair. "This will enable our community partners to continue with their many programs and initiatives that seek to end and prevent persistent homelessness."

From April 1, 2011, to March 31, 2014, the Region of Waterloo will distribute Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $1.3 million to local organizations for the development of transitional, supportive or emergency housing and support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Waterloo Region.

This funding is aimed at reducing and preventing homelessness among those in need of support—including low-income Canadians, seniors, people with disabilities and recent immigrants.

Additionally, Canada's Economic Action Plan has been investing more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing social housing, and providing loans of up to $2 billion over two years for housing-related infrastructure improvements.

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 7, 2011, a total of 1 356 approved projects totalling over $421 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 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 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