OTTAWA, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today met with community, private and public sector
leaders from across Canada at the inaugural National Conference on
Ending Homelessness. The conference, hosted by the Canadian Alliance to
End Homelessness, brought together policy makers, funders, researchers,
advocates, community leaders and front-line workers to address the
issue of homelessness in Canada.
"One homeless Veteran on the streets is one too many. That's why the
Government of Canada is working to prevent and reduce homelessness
among Veterans," said Minister Fantino. "Our Government is working hard
to build new partnerships to help ensure homeless Veterans and those
who are at risk of becoming homeless are getting the care and support
"Our Government is committed to working with our partners to address
this complex issue," said the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of
State (Social Development). "We will work with Veterans Affairs to help
provide our homeless Veterans with greater access to the assistance and
services that they require."
Over the past several years, Veterans Affairs Canada has provided
information on its programs and services to approximately 200 community
organizations that support homeless and at-risk Veterans in more than
50 cities across the country. Veterans Affairs Canada is also involved
with outreach initiatives in Vancouver, Halifax, Calgary, Montréal,
Toronto and Ottawa in partnership with Veterans' and community
Veterans Affairs Canada has an emergency fund to assist Veterans in
meeting urgent needs for which there are no other income sources
available. Veterans in crisis can also access emergency funds from
other sources, including the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund and the Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance Fund.
In 2012, Employment and Social Development Canada and Veterans Affairs
Canada undertook a two-year pilot project on transitional housing and
support for homeless Veterans, including assistance with reintegration
into the community, in four locations: Victoria, Calgary, Toronto and
London. The goal of the pilot project is to help homeless Veterans live
independently in their communities. The findings of the pilot project
will help Veterans Affairs Canada inform direction on the services and
benefits that are needed by homeless Veterans.
Minister Fantino took the opportunity at the conference to launch the
new Veterans Affairs Canada web section devoted to homelessness. The
page provides a one-stop hub for all of Veterans Affairs Canada's
homelessness related information, making it easier for front-line
workers to find information they need to help homeless Veterans.
"Through strong partnerships with community organizations, provinces,
territories and other Government of Canada departments, we can give the
Veterans who have always taken such great care of Canadians the support
they need when they need it," said Minister Fantino.
The Speech from the Throne reaffirmed the Government of Canada's commitment to continue helping
Veterans re-establish themselves, including through outreach and
support to homeless Veterans.
Community leaders and organizations who support the homeless can find
more information on the benefits and services Veterans Affairs Canada
provides to homeless Veterans or those at risk of becoming homeless at veterans.gc.ca.
Veterans Affairs Canada's support and services offer the right care at
the right time to achieve the best results for Veterans and their
families. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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