The Government of Canada Delivers Support to Help Those Who Are Homeless in Quebec



    QUEBEC CITY, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is helping
individuals and families in Quebec who are trying to break free from
homelessness and poverty, and to build a better future for themselves.
    The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of
Women and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg,
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced
$24.7 million in funding for 214 projects in Quebec under the federal
government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).
    "Our government is delivering on its commitment to help those who are
homeless or at risk of becoming homeless," said Minister Verner. "We are proud
to support community efforts that help find local solutions to local problems.
Working together, we can help our most vulnerable citizens find a place to
call home as well as find the supports they need to become more
self-sufficient."
    The announcement took place during a visit to the Mères et Monde Centre,
which receives funding under the Homelessness Partnership Initiative (HPI),
the cornerstone of the HPS. Mères et Monde is dedicated to improving the
living conditions for young mothers who are between the ages of 16 and 30, and
for their families.
    "With this funding, we will be able to continue our mission of providing
resources and means for young mothers to overcome their isolation, avoid
burnout, and become self-sufficient in order to enhance their social
integration and their educational and career development," said Ms. Johanne
Beauvilliers, the Coordinator at Mères et Monde.
    On February 22, 2008, Minister Solberg announced that 505 projects
totalling over $149.7 million had been approved under the HPS since April 1,
2007, to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. The funding for the
projects announced today is part of that total figure.
    The HPS is providing $269.6 million over two years to help communities
across Canada combat homelessness more effectively. The Strategy that housing
stability is essential to self-sufficiency and full participation in Canadian
society. It focuses on transitional and supportive housing as important
measures to help people overcome homelessness. With its clear goals of
improved partnerships, enhanced sustainability and tangible results, the
Strategy will provide concrete, meaningful and lasting results for Canadians
in need.
    "Our government will invest more in affordable and supportive housing
this year than any other federal government in Canada's history. We are
currently spending more that $2.7 billion annually," stated Minister Verner.
    In Budget 2008, the Government committed to help those who need the care
and support of their fellow Canadians by providing $110 million to the Mental
Health Commission of Canada to support innovative projects to develop best
practices that we will use to help Canadians who live with mental health and
homelessness challenges.

    In January 2008, the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec
signed a collaborative agreement with regard to the designated community and
outreach community components of the HPI. This agreement takes into account
the ways in which the HPI complements the Government of Quebec's programs and
policies to address homelessness.

    The attached backgrounder includes examples of projects that have
received funding under the HPI in Quebec.

    This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

    For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please
visit www.homelessness.gc.ca.

    
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                                 backgrounder
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    The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) came into force on April 1,
2007. The HPS is providing $269.6 million over two years to prevent and reduce
homelessness in Canada. The HPS is a unique community-based program aimed at
preventing and reducing homelessness in Canada by providing funding and direct
support to more than 60 communities across the country.
    Under the HPS, the Government of Canada is offering to work in partnership
with all the provinces and territories. Once put in place, such partnerships
would encourage better alignment of federal, provincial and territorial
investments, and would help provide a seamless continuum of support for
homeless people.
    The HPS has the following three main initiatives: the Homelessness
Partnership Initiative (HPI), the Homelessness Accountability Network and the
Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative.
    The Homelessness Partnership Initiative is the cornerstone of the HPS. Its
approach, which makes housing a priority, recognizes that the first step is to
provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

    The HPI is comprised of the following four funding components:

    - Designated Communities;
    - Outreach Communities;
    - Aboriginal Communities; and
    - Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects.

    The Homelessness Accountability Network helps strengthen program
accountability. It also enables organizations to acquire knowledge, strengthen
their networks and share best practices.
    The Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative makes
surplus federal property and land available to community organizations, the
not-for-profit sector and other levels of government for projects that help to
prevent and reduce homelessness.


          EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS THAT HAVE RECEIVED FUNDING UNDER THE
                     HOMELESSNESS PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE
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    Organization          City        Project Description         Approved
                                                                  Funding ($)
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    Refuge la Piaule      Drummond-   This project will enable      $138,915
    du Centre-du-         ville       the organization to reach
    Québec Inc.                       youth who are at risk of
                                      homelessness, wherever
                                      they are. The purpose of
                                      the project is to
                                      accommodate youth and to
                                      help them carry out their
                                      personal action plans.
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    Centre social         Gatineau    Through this project,         $178,667
    Kogaluk                           the organization will
                                      continue to offer quality
                                      services to individuals
                                      and families in need so
                                      that they are able to
                                      realize their full
                                      potential.
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    Médecins du           Montréal    This project will help        $197,747
    Monde                             maintain the positions of
                                      a nurse and other health
                                      professionals in order to
                                      assist employees working
                                      with the target clientele.
                                      It also offers health care
                                      and medical support to
                                      people who are homeless.
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    Le Bon Dieu           Montréal    The organization will          $56,908
    dans la rue                       conduct a follow-up
                                      within the community in
                                      the homes of young
                                      families that came from
                                      the streets, in order to
                                      help them resolve issues
                                      that mothers and fathers
                                      face.
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    Mères et Monde -      Québec      As part of this project,      $233,562
    Centre de             City        the organization will
    ressources pour                   continue to improve the
    jeunes mères                      living conditions of young
                                      mothers of 16 to 30 years
                                      of age and their families,
                                      to help them overcome their
                                      isolation, avoid burnout
                                      and encourage self-
                                      sufficiency.
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    Alliance-Jeunesse     Saint-      The organization will         $250,635
    Chutes de la          Romuald     provide support at night
    Chaudière                         for sheltered people who
                                      are facing a crisis, and
                                      will encourage their
                                      social integration.
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    Le Tremplin 16-30     Sherbrooke  Through this project,         $375,343
    de Sherbrooke                     more than 60 young adults
                                      living in transitional
                                      housing will receive
                                      personalized monitoring to
                                      facilitate their social
                                      integration.
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    Maison d'hébergement  Saint-      Under this project, at-       $207,789
    Accueil               Eustache    risk youth will receive
    communautaire                     food and shelter to help
    jeunesse des Basses-              prevent their situation
    Laurentides                       from worsening.
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    Les Artisans          Trois-      This project will enable      $140,364
    bénévoles de la paix  Rivières    the organization to respond
    en Mauricie                       to the increasing demand
                                      for support and assistance
                                      from people at risk of
                                      social exclusion.
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    Centre d'amitié       Val-d'Or    The organization will         $139,903
    autochtone de                     offer psychosocial
    Val-d'Or inc.                     assistance tailored to the
                                      needs of homeless
                                      Aboriginal people and
                                      those at risk, in order to
                                      prevent homelessness and
                                      housing instability in
                                      urban settings in the
                                      Val-d'Or area.
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For further information:

For further information: (media only): Pascal Doucet, Coordinator, Media
Relations, Communications, Service Canada, (514) 982-2384, extension 2209;
Media Relations Office, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, (819)
994-5559


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