YELLOWKNIFE, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, on behalf of
the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development),
announced new Government of Canada measures that will help reduce
homelessness in Yellowknife.
"Our government's priority is creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Minister Aglukkaq. "That's why we're giving
Canadians the support they need to meet their basic needs and
ultimately break free from the cycle of homelessness."
The City of Yellowknife is receiving more than $800,000 in federal
funding for its transitional women's facility, Betty House, of which
$546,000 comes from the Aboriginal homelessness initiative. The funding
is provided through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, which assists
Canadians facing homelessness, allowing them to focus on improving
their health and their social and employment situations.
"Our government is helping all Canadians, particularly the most
vulnerable, achieve self-sufficiency and become participating members
of society," said Minister Bergen. "Real solutions to homelessness are
achieved only when we work together with our partners, including the
City of Yellowknife."
These measures will support the creation of housing, thereby reducing
the number of homeless individuals in the region. The housing will not
only provide a stable living environment, but also support services to
help residents transition to self-sufficiency.
"On behalf of the City of Yellowknife, I would like to thank the
Government of Canada for supporting the construction of a transitional
home for women and children," said Mark Heyck, Mayor of Yellowknife.
"Betty House will help them overcome barriers, develop skills and
attain greater independence."
The Government of Canada is introducing measures to reduce homelessness
that will make a real difference in communities across the country.
In Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government announced an investment of
almost $600 million over five years to renew the Homelessness
Partnering Strategy using a Housing First approach as an effective way
to reduce homelessness. Housing First moves homeless people from the
streets and short-term shelters into immediate and permanent housing,
while offering support for addictions and mental illnesses.
A federally funded research demonstration project, along with results
from communities in Canada who have already moved to Housing First,
have clearly demonstrated that it is the most effective way to reduce
Since the launch of Homelessness Partnering Strategy in 2007, thousands
of homeless individuals have secured stable housing, found jobs,
returned to school and become fully participating members of society.
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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.
The Housing First approach recognizes 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
Housing First involves giving people who are homeless first a place to
live, and then the necessary supports (e.g. for mental illness) to help
them stabilize their lives and recover as best as possible. Research
has shown that Housing First is the most effective approach in reducing
chronic homelessness while alleviating pressure on other shelter,
health and judicial services.
Since the launch of the HPS in April 2007, the federal government has
approved over $740 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 not-for-profit sectors.
For more information on the HPS and its seven funding streams, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
A/Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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