WINNIPEG, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Lawrence Toet, Member of
Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona, on behalf of the Honourable Candice
Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), attended the 9th Annual
Hope in the City Breakfast hosted by the Salvation Army in Winnipeg.
Mr. Toet applauded the work of the Salvation Army to support vulnerable
Canadians and spoke about the Government's approach to reduce
homelessness through the Homeless Partnering Strategy and Housing
"I applaud the work of the Salvation Army to improve the lives of
vulnerable Canadians across the country and right here in Winnipeg,"
said Mr. Toet. "Our government is working closely with partners and
communities to effectively reduce homelessness."
In Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada renewed its
Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) with a focus on the Housing
First model and invested more than $1.25 billion over five years to
renew the Investment in Affordable Housing to 2019.
"Our government is committed to helping vulnerable Canadians get the
tools and skills they need to find good jobs, get their lives back on
track and in many cases, secure their own economic prosperity," said
Minister of State Bergen. "We know the federal government can't do this
alone, which is why we are committed to working with our community
partners to create local solutions to reduce homelessness and poverty."
Since the launch of the HPS in April 2007, thousands of homeless
individuals have secured stable housing, found jobs, returned to school
and increasingly participated in our communities. Moving forward, the
federal government will continue to work with local communities to
develop local solutions to homelessness and help them to capitalize on
the effectiveness of Housing First. Housing First is an evidence-based
model with proven results that effectively reduces chronic homelessness
while alleviating pressure on other shelter, health and judicial
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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.
Economic Action Plan 2013 announced $119 million per year over five
years, ending in March 2019, for the HPS using a Housing First
approach. This represents nearly $600 million in total new funding.
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. Housing
First is effective 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
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Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
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Employment and Social Development Canada
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