MONTREAL, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is helping
individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness overcome or
avoid the cycle of homelessness. The Honourable Christian Paradis,
Minister of Natural Resources, made the announcement today on behalf of
the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
"Our government is giving a hand-up to Quebeckers and Canadians seeking
to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Minister
Paradis. "We are proud to support Accueil Bonneau in its efforts to
provide healthy housing to men in need, where they can benefit from a
range of important support services."
Accueil Bonneau received $189,500 in federal funding through the
Homelessness Partnering Strategy. This investment will enable the
organization to hire and retain three workers who will help people who
are homeless or at risk of homelessness improve their lifestyle. The
funding will also be used to renovate a building where support services
are offered. Over 160 men will benefit from safe and healthy facilities,
thereby enhancing their quality of life.
"For 130 years, Accueil Bonneau has given hope and support to Montréal's
homeless, with a view to helping them find and keep a place to live,"
said Mr. Aubin Boudreau, Director General of Accueil Bonneau. "Among
other things, this project will help 160 men maintain a stable housing
situation and therefore improve their living situation."
In September 2008, the Government of Canada announced an investment of
$1.9 billion over five years, until 2014, for housing and homelessness
programs for low-income Canadians. This commitment gives the Government
the flexibility to work with the provinces and territories and
municipalities, and with charitable organizations, to develop ways to
improve the effectiveness of federal spending in the area of housing and
This ongoing funding will enable the Government to continue to assist
individuals in need, including homeless people and those at risk of
homelessness, such as low-income Canadians, seniors, people with
disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people in need of support.
Canada's Economic Action Plan has built on these investments by making
an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years
in new and existing social housing, and by making available up to $2
billion in loans to Canadian municipalities over two years for
housing-related infrastructure improvements. The Government's
investments are creating jobs, stimulating local economies and improving
the quality of life for many Canadians. To learn more about Canada's
Economic Action Plan, please visit href="http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/">www.actionplan.gc.ca.
The availability of safe and 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 Homelessness Partnering Strategy emphasizes longer-term
supportive and transitional housing by focusing on a housing-first
approach to help people make the transition out of the cycle of
In January 2008, the governments of Canada and Quebec signed a
collaborative agreement with regard to the Designated Communities and
Outreach Communities components of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.
This agreement takes into account the ways in which these components
complement the Government of Quebec's programs and policies to address
The Government of Quebec, in addition to the financial contribution of
the Government of Canada, provides up to 50 percent of the funding to
community partners for all projects implemented under the Designated
For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please
This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.
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 communities across Canada. The HPS took
effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two
years, and was extended in 2008 for a further two years until March 31,
The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are
homeless or at risk of becoming homeless achieve self-sufficiency and
full participation in society. This model seeks to address homelessness
by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other
federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and
By working with all our partners, we will maximize results to make a
lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. The
Homelessness Partnering Strategy provides the support that our community
partners are seeking.
The Homelessness Partnering Strategy uses a housing-first approach,
recognizing that the first step is to provide individuals with
transitional and supportive housing.
The HPS has seven funding streams:
Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects
Homelessness Knowledge Development
Homeless Individuals and Families Information System
Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative
For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the
seven funding streams, please visit the following website: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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