OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Through the renewed Homelessness
Partnering Strategy, Canada's new Housing First approach will help
stabilize the lives of chronically homeless individuals by directly
moving them into permanent housing, the Honourable Candice Bergen,
Minister of State (Social Development), told the first National
Conference on Ending Homelessness.
"Our government is committed to helping vulnerable Canadians through
Housing First, a proven evidence-based model that will deliver better
results for those in need," said Minister of State Bergen. "Real
solutions to homelessness are best achieved when we partner with
community organizations and Housing First has the flexibility to help
us meet our shared goals. Together, we can empower those in need to
lift themselves out of poverty and lead successful lives."
In Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada renewed its
Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) with a focus on the Housing
Housing First involves giving people first a place to live, and then the
support they need to stabilize their lives. It also helps them become
self-sufficient and fully participate in society. 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, thousands of homeless
individuals have secured stable housing, found jobs, returned to school
and become participating members of Canadian society. Moving forward,
the federal government will continue to support communities in
developing local solutions to homelessness and help them to capitalize
on the effectiveness of Housing First.
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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.
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
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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