The Government of Canada helps Maison Richelieu Hébergement Jeunesse Sainte-Foy address homelessness



    QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Luc Harvey, Member of Parliament
for Louis-Hébert, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of
Human Resources and Social Development, today announced Government of Canada
funding that will provide support for Maison Richelieu Hébergement Jeunesse
Sainte-Foy in order to better serve the needs of youth at risk of homelessness
and youth in crisis.
    "The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to help
individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless," said Mr.
Harvey. "I would like to congratulate Maison Richelieu Hébergement Jeunesse
Sainte-Foy, which provides a more comfortable and safe living environment for
youth at risk of homelessness and youth living in difficult personal, family
and social situations."
    Through the Homelessness Partnership Initiative (HPI), which is the
cornerstone of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), the Government of
Canada provided $250,950 in funding to Maison Richelieu Hébergement Jeunesse
Sainte-Foy. This funding will enable the organization to continue the
activities that it began in April 2007 and maintain the positions of two group
and follow-up workers, a prevention leader, a cook and a development officer.
    As part of this project, the organization will improve support and
on-site access for youth living in difficult situations in order to improve
their quality of life and promote their social integration.
    The HPS is providing $269.6 million over two years to help communities
across Canada combat homelessness more effectively. The HPS makes it possible
to implement support structures and measures to help the homeless and those at
risk of homelessness become autonomous and participate fully in society.
    In January 2008, the governments of Canada and 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.
    With Budget 2008, the Government is committed to helping 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 demonstration
projects to develop best practices to help Canadians facing mental health and
homelessness challenges.

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

    This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.




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