PRINCE RUPERT, BC, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - People who are homeless or at
risk of homelessness will get more help from local organizations, as a
result of funding provided to the Prince Rupert Aboriginal Community
Services Society. Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince
George-Peace River, made the announcement today on behalf of the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
"Our government is giving a hand up to vulnerable Canadians to help them
meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness
and poverty. We are pleased to support the Prince Rupert Aboriginal
Community Services Society in its efforts to find local solutions to
local problems," said Mr. Zimmer. "By partnering with local
organizations to provide essential services to people in need, we are
doing our part to prevent and address homelessness in British
"This Government of Canada funding puts us in a better position to
prevent and reduce homelessness in the Prince Rupert area," said
Theresa Wesley, Executive Director, Prince Rupert Aboriginal Community
Services Society. "We're looking forward to working with local
Aboriginal organizations and other community partners to ensure that
local needs are addressed."
The Prince Rupert Aboriginal Community Services Society is distributing
Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding of more than $120,000 to
local organizations to help reduce the number of homeless individuals
and families, by providing support services and increasing access to
safe, suitable homes. The funding will support projects in Prince
Rupert that are focused on capital investments, client services,
partnership development and data management.
In September 2008, the Government committed to more than $1.9 billion in
housing and homelessness programs over five years. As part of this
commitment, the Government of Canada has renewed the HPS until March
Homelessness Partnering Strategy
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.
In September 2008, the Government committed to investing more than
$1.9 billion in housing and homelessness programs over five years. This
includes a renewal of the HPS until March 2014.
Since the launch of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) in
April 2007, the Government has approved over $736 million for projects
to prevent and reduce homelessness across Canada.
The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are
homeless or at risk of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency and
participate fully in society. This model seeks to address homelessness
by working in partnership with the provinces and territories and other
federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and
The availability of safe, 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 encourages a housing-first approach, recognizing that housing
stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness. It is
also necessary for the success of other interventions such as education
and training, the development of life skills and the management of
mental health issues.
For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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