Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

March 26, 2008 18:00 ET

The Government of Canada Delivers Support to Help Those Who Are Homeless in Surrey

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - Vulnerable individuals in British Columbia who are working to break free from the cycles of homelessness and poverty and to build a stronger future for themselves are getting help from the Government of Canada.

Ms. Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding of more than $227,000 for the Newton Advocacy Group Society (NAGS) for a project to help people in Surrey. The funding is being provided under the federal government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).

"Our government is delivering on our commitment to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless," said MP Grewal. "We are proud to support local projects that will make a real difference in the community. In fact, this project is expected to help 750 individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the Surrey area."

The Newton Advocacy Group Society received HPS funding to help individuals access adequate income and supports services, referrals to transitional, supportive or independent housing, mental health services, detoxification, addiction treatment and one-on-one coaching. NAGS, through a consultant, will share best practices, contribute towards client services and program updates, and coordinate monthly meetings with other community outreach organizations in order to reduce the incidence of homelessness in the area.

"We are very grateful to receive this funding to reduce homelessness and lower the risk homelessness for individuals and families," said Ms. Susan Keeping, Executive Director of the Newton Advocacy Group Society.

On February 22, 2008, Minister Solberg announced that 505 projects totalling almost $150 million have been approved since April 1, 2007, under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. The announcement today is part of that total figure.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy 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 overcome homelessness. With its clear goals of improved partnerships, enhanced sustainability and tangible results, the Strategy will provide 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 reach a better, more stable life," said MP Grewal.

The link between homelessness and mental illness is well established. In 2007, the Prime Minister of Canada announced the first-ever Mental Health Commission of Canada, and in Budget 2008, we 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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