LÉVIS, QC, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - People in the Lévis region who
are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have access to better
services, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechase, announced today on
behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and
"Our government is giving a hand up to Canadians to help them meet
certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and
poverty," said Minister Blaney. "By working with local community
partners to provide essential services to people in need, we are doing
our part to reduce and prevent homelessness in the Lévis region."
Three organizations in the Lévis region will receive funding totalling
more than $271,000. The funding will allow the organizations to help
those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to acquire the
tools and skills needed to secure and maintain a home. Other services
will also be offered to help them meet certain basic needs and enhance
their quality of life. In some cases, transitional housing placement
services will also be provided.
In the spring of 2011, the Government of Canada and the Government of
Quebec signed a collaborative agreement regarding the 2011-2014
Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The agreement takes into
account the two governments' complementary programs and policies
related to homelessness.
The Government of Quebec, in addition to the financial contribution of
the Government of Canada, provides up to 50% of the funding to the
community partners for all projects implemented under the
Three organizations in the Lévis region will receive project funding.
The Centre aide et prévention jeunesse de Lévis will receive $214,290 to provide those who are homeless or at risk of
becoming homeless with better access to services. Specifically, the
Centre will provide transitional housing placement services as well as
other services to help meet clients' basic needs and improve their
quality of life.
Services communautaires l'alternative de Lévis will receive $37,000 to provide transitional housing placement services
to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They will
also offer other support services to help improve clients' health and
The Association coopérative d'économie familiale Rive-Sud will receive $20,000 to facilitate workshops for people who are homeless
or at risk of becoming homeless to make them better aware of their
housing rights and obligations and to improve their chances of securing
and keeping a home.
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.
The HPS took effect on April 1, 2007 with annual funding of $134.8
million for two years. 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
As of July 16, 2012, 2 049 approved projects totalling over $693 million
have been funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in
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. The HPS 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.
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, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.
SOURCE: HUMAN RESOURCES AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CANADA
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