GOOSE BAY, NL, April 4, 2013 /CNW/ - People facing homelessness will
benefit from a new emergency shelter and increased support services as
a result of funding provided to Libra House and the Melville Native
Housing Association. Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
Development, made the announcement today.
"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 Libra House and the Melville
Native Housing Association in their efforts to find local solutions to
local problems," said Dr. Leitch. "By partnering with local
organizations to provide essential services to people in need, we are
doing our part to prevent and address homelessness throughout
Newfoundland and Labrador.
Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding of $70,000 will be used
by Libra House to purchase furniture and appliances, as well as to
complete paving and landscaping, for a recently built emergency shelter
for women and children who are escaping relationship violence.
"Libra House is incredibly grateful for the funding approval to complete
our new Shelter project and purchase new furniture," said Janet
O'Donnell, Executive Director, Libra House. "Libra House has been in
operation for almost 28 years and this has been our first opportunity
to buy all new furniture for our brand new Shelter. It's an amazing
gift that is so greatly appreciated by the staff and residents."
With HPS funding of over $51,000, the Melville Native Housing
Association will provide support services to help people in rental
housing develop life skills necessary to maintain stable housing. The
Association will deliver individual and group training for renters on
topics such as budgeting and home maintenance.
"We cannot express enough our gratitude to receive funding to hire a
Tenant's Relations Officer for our organization," said Matthew Pike,
Chairman of the Melville Native Housing Association. "Our positive and
continuing working relationship with the federal government ensures
that the Association can continue to provide safe and affordable
housing to Aboriginal families while ensuring their needs are addressed
by our organization."
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 renewed the HPS until March 2014.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes additional funding for the HPS of
$119 million per year over five years, until March 2019.
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
included a renewal of the HPS until March 2014. Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes $119 million per year over five years, until March 2019,
for the HPS using a Housing First approach. This represents nearly $600
million in total new funding.
"Housing First" involves giving people who are homeless a place to live
first, and then providing the necessary supports (e.g. for mental
illness) to help them stabilize their lives and recover as best as
possible. "Housing First" can be an effective tool in solving chronic
homelessness while reducing pressure on other shelter, health and
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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