HALIFAX, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of
Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable
Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), and the
Honourable Joanne Bernard, Nova Scotia Minister of Community Services
and Minister Responsible for Housing Nova Scotia, today recognized the
continued commitment of Shelter Nova Scotia for its work to help those
in need of housing solutions in Halifax.
Shelter Nova Scotia is benefiting from support through the Homelessness
Partnering Strategy (HPS) to continue its essential work with those
facing homelessness in the region. Since 2007, projects funded under
the HPS have placed over 55 000 people into more stable housing.
"Our government is committed to helping vulnerable Canadians lift
themselves out of poverty and lead successful lives. We are pleased to
support Shelter Nova Scotia in its efforts to find local solutions to
local problems," said Minister MacKay. "By partnering with Shelter Nova
Scotia to provide essential services to people in need, we are doing
our part to prevent and address homelessness in Halifax."
"We're committed to helping vulnerable Canadians achieve
self-sufficiency and fully participate in society," said Minister
Bergen. "By providing support to people in need, we're building
stronger communities and ensuring Canada's long-term prosperity."
Shelter Nova Scotia received over $1.24 million through HPS to build an
apartment complex with 19 fully-furnished units. These units provide
homeless men with safe and affordable housing and better access to
community-based supports and services. The building is also designed to
accommodate retail businesses, to help provide income and improve the
sustainability of the project.
"Housing developments such as these are not just an investment in the
bricks and mortar of a building," said Minister Bernard "They are first
and foremost an investment in building stronger communities and
stronger families in Nova Scotia. As we move forward with a new
direction for housing in Nova Scotia, I look forward to working with
communities, our federal colleagues, partners and stakeholders to
ensure that every Nova Scotian has a safe and affordable place to call
Through Affordable Housing Programs, the federal and provincial
governments also provided $475,000 to help Shelter Nova Scotia develop
this project. This investment will help ensure that vulnerable
individuals can access the housing and services they need.
"Our supportive housing apartment building for men transitioning from
shelter back to community has proven to be a success," said Don Spicer,
Executive Director of Shelter Nova Scotia. "This building would never
have materialized without the generous support of the Government of
The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 committed $119
million per year over five years for the HPS using a "Housing First"
approach as an effective way to reduce homelessness.
The Government of Nova Scotia, through the Department of Community
Services and Housing Nova Scotia, helps Nova Scotians secure affordable
housing that meets their needs. For more information on Housing Nova
Scotia visit www.housingns.ca. For more information on the Nova Scotia Department of Community
Services visit www.novascotia.ca/coms.
The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC), will invest approximately $2 billion in housing
this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of
close to 594 000 households living in existing social housing. In Nova
Scotia, this represents an estimated 19 850 households.
These investments are improving the quality of life for low-income
Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including
individuals facing homeless, seniors, Canadians with disabilities,
newcomers and Aboriginal people. To find out more about how the
Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and
communities for all Canadians, contact CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca.
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.
Economic Action Plan 2013 committed $119 million per year over five
years, until March 2019, for the HPS using a "Housing First" approach.
This represents nearly $600 million in total new funding.
"Housing First" involves giving people who are homeless a place to live
first, and then providing the necessary supports (e.g. for mental
illness) to help them stabilize their lives and recover as best as
possible. "Housing First" can be an effective tool in solving chronic
homelessness while reducing pressure on other shelter, health and
Since the launch of the HPS in April 2007, the 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 to make a lasting difference
in the lives of vulnerable Canadians.
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.
The HPS adopts 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: Employment and Social Development Canada
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