THETFORD MINES, QC, June 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - People who are homeless
or at risk of homelessness will benefit from better services in the
years to come, announced the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of
Industry, Minister of State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament for
Mégantic-L'Érable, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister
of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government is giving a hand up to Canadians to help them meet
certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and
poverty," said Minister Paradis. "By partnering with the Centre Domrémy
des Appalaches inc. to provide essential services to people in need, we
are helping to prevent and address homelessness in the Thetford Mines
"Thanks to this contribution, the Centre Domrémy des Appalaches inc.
will be able to keep a front-line worker on staff," explains Pierre
Lessard, Director of the Centre. "This means we will be able to respond
to a constant need on the transitional shelter plan across the region,
all the while maintaining excellent service quality."
The Centre Domrémy des Appalaches inc. will receive more than $50,000 as
part of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to provide housing
placement services to people who are homeless or at risk of
homelessness and who are also struggling with addiction. The Centre
will also offer other support services to meet some of their basic
needs and to improve their quality of life and facilitate their social
In the spring of 2011, the Government of Canada and the Government of
Quebec signed a collaborative agreement regarding the 2011-2014
Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The agreement takes into
account the Government of Quebec's complementary programs and policies
related to homelessness.
In addition to the financial contribution of the Government of Canada,
the Government of Quebec provides up to 50 percent of the funding to
community partners for all projects implemented in HPS-designated
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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.
The HPS took effect on April 1, 2007 with annual funding of $134.8
million for two years. In September 2008, the Government committed to
investing more than $1.9 billion in housing and homelessness programs
over five years. A renewal of the HPS extended that commitment to March
As of June 4, 2012, 2 037 approved projects totalling over $687 million
were funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in 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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