NELSON, BC, March 28, 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 Nelson CARES Society. David Wilks, Member of
Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, 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 Nelson CARES Society in its
efforts to find local solutions to local problems," said Mr. Wilks. "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 Columbia.
"Both the Nelson Committee on Homelessness and Nelson CARES Society are
grateful for the support of the federal government," said Jenny
Robinson, Executive Director of Nelson CARES Society. "This funding
will provide outreach services to the homeless population in the rural
remote area of Nelson, British Columbia. It also supports a coordinated
service model through the Community Coordinator. Both projects are
vital to individuals who are homeless or at risk of homeless in
The Nelson CARES Society is distributing Homelessness Partnering
Strategy (HPS) funding of more than $118,000 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 Nelson that are focused on
client services, partnership development and data management. They will
also include projects that meet Aboriginal needs.
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 HPS in April 2007, the Government has approved
over $736 million for projects to prevent and reduce homelessness
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, please
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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