Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 20, 2011 16:54 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney Receives Update on Homelessness Initiative

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 20, 2011) -

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The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, visited with Veterans at the Good Shepherd Ministries in Toronto today to see first-hand the success of the Leave the Streets Behind program.

"Our government has been working hard to ensure homeless Veterans are getting the care and benefits they need and deserve," said Minister Blaney. "Through our involvement in programs such as Leave the Streets Behind, we have been expanding our efforts across the country to reach out to our Veterans. We have been able to help approximately 40 Veterans through this project in Toronto and we will continue to move forward with our efforts to ensure that no Veteran is left behind."

Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Provincial Command, and Good Shepherd Ministries, has been working to meet the needs of Toronto-area Veterans who are homeless. Since the partnership was announced in September 2010, a Veterans Affairs Canada case manager has been working at the Good Shepherd Ministries Homeless Shelter, helping Veterans when they need us most.

Nationally, Veterans Affairs Canada made contact with more than 190 organizations that support the homeless. In more than 50 towns and cities, the Department is working to provide all Veterans at risk with information about programs and services that can help them.

For more information on the Leave the Streets Behind initiative and Veterans Affairs Canada's programs and services, please visit veterans.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649