Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

March 07, 2008 11:32 ET

The Government of Canada to Help Those who Are Homeless in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for Stella Burry Community Services in support of three projects that will help address homelessness in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Funding of more than $625,000 is being provided under the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

Stella Burry Community Services will relocate its New Beginnings Carpentry/Trades Helper program to 9 1/2 Mullock Street. This program provides training and employment skills to individuals with social and mental health issues who are living in substandard housing or are at risk of homelessness.

Stella Burry has also employed a Community Development Worker in St. John's and created the new position of Regional Housing/Community Development Facilitator to assist communities outside the city

"Our government is delivering on its commitment to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless," said Minister Solberg. "We are proud to support community efforts across Canada. Working together, we can help our most vulnerable citizens find a place to call home as well as find the supports they need to become more self-sufficient."

"Here in Newfoundland and Labrador, there is a feeling of optimism because having a stable home and access to support services, such as employment and life-skills training, is the first step towards fully participating in our community," said Minister Hearn.

On February 22, 2008, Minister Solberg announced that 505 projects totalling over $149.7 million have been approved under the HPS to date 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 will invest more in affordable and supportive housing this year than any federal government in Canada's history. We are currently spending more that $2.7 billion annually," added Minister Solberg.

With Budget 2008, the Government is committed to helping those who need the care and support of their fellow Canadians by providing $110 million to the Mental Health Commission of Canada to support innovative demonstration projects to develop best practices to help Canadians facing mental health and homelessness challenges.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit
www.homelessness.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

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 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, the Homelessness Accountability Network and the Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative.

The Homelessness Partnership Initiative (HPI) 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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

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