EDMONTON, March 15, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, the
Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform) and Member
of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, today announced that
vulnerable people in Edmonton will have greater access to housing and
support services, as a result of a new investment provided to Homeward
"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 Homeward Trust Edmonton in its
efforts to find local solutions to local problems," said Minister
Uppal. "By partnering with local organizations to provide essential
services to people in need, we are doing our part to prevent and
address homelessness in Alberta."
"We are thrilled to continue partnering with this program that supports
local strategies and solutions," said Susan McGee, CEO of Homeward
Trust Edmonton. "The Government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy has
provided funding for capital housing projects, research and community
planning for over a decade and it has been essential towards ending
homelessness in Edmonton."
Homeward Trust Edmonton will distribute Homelessness Partnering Strategy
(HPS) funding of more than $19.4 million to local organizations. This
funding will help provide stable and affordable housing, as well as
support services, to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
in Edmonton, including vulnerable Aboriginal people.
This amount represents over $16.7 million in HPS Designated Communities
funding, and over $2.7 million in HPS Aboriginal Homelessness funding.
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
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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.
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 Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) in April
2007, the Government has approved over $736 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
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
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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