KUGAARUK, NU, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Nunavummiut facing homelessness
will benefit from new emergency housing as a result of funding provided
to the Hamlet of Kugaaruk. The announcement was made by the honourable
Leona Aglukkaq, PC, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, on behalf of the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
"Our government is committed to assisting Nunavummiut with housing needs
to help them break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty,"
said Minister Aglukkaq. "We are pleased to partner with the Hamlet of
Kugaaruk in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems. By
partnering with local organizations to provide essential services to
people in need, we are doing our part to prevent and address
homelessness in Nunavut."
Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding of over $94,000 will help
provide safe and comfortable housing for people who are homeless after
escaping domestic violence. The funding will be used to renovate and
provide furnishings for a house that is owned by the Hamlet of
Kugaaruk, which will be used as an emergency shelter for up to six
"We are grateful for this funding that enables us to provide a safe
place for people to begin their healing process," said Stephan
Inaksajak, Mayor of Kugaaruk. "We are a small community without the
crisis response resources to address the complex needs of our
vulnerable members. On behalf of our residents at risk, those who are
homeless, and those who are fleeing domestic violence, I want to
formally thank the Government of Canada."
In September 2008, the Government of Canada committed to investing more
$1.9 billion in housing and homelessness programs over five years. As
part of this commitment, the Government of Canada renewed the HPS until
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. A
renewal of the HPS extended that commitment to March 2014.
Since the launch of the HPS in April 2007, the Government has approved
over $736 million for projects that prevent and reduce homelessness
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
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