LÉVIS, QC, June 8, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - People who are homeless or at
risk of homelessness will have access to better services, announced the
Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of
Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of the Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians with basic needs and is
helping to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Minister
Blaney. "We are pleased to partner with Comptoir Le Grenier. By working
together to offer essential services to those in need, we are doing our
part to reduce and prevent homelessness in the Lévis area."
"Thanks to this funding, Comptoir Le Grenier expects to help more than
150 recipients per week over the length of the agreement," said Yvon
Gosselin, chair of the organization's board of directors. "This will
enable us to help meet the region's ever-increasing need for food
support while maintaining high-quality service."
From April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2014, Comptoir Le Grenier will use the
$40,000 in funding to provide food-support services and improve the
living conditions of the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.
In the spring of 2011, the Government of Canada and the Government of
Quebec signed a collaboration agreement with regard to the Homelessness
Partnering Strategy (HPS) 2011-2014. The agreement takes into account
the complementarity with the Government of Quebec's programs and
policies as related to homelessness.
The Government of Quebec, in addition to the financial contribution of
the Government of Canada, provides up to 50% of the funding to the
community partners for all projects implemented under the
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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 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, until March 2014. This included a renewal of the HPS until
As of June 4, 2012, a total of 2,037 approved projects totalling over
$687 million have been 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 achieve self-sufficiency and
participate fully in society. This model seeks to address homelessness
by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, 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 the offer
of stable housing is an essential first step in addressing
homelessness, and is necessary for the success of other interventions
such as education and training, life skills development or 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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