The Government of Canada helps Trame d'Actions et d'Initiatives Concertées Jeunesse of Quebec 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
for Trame d'Actions et d'Initiatives Concertées (TRAIC) Jeunesse 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 Trame d'Actions et d'Initiatives
Concertées Jeunesse, which provides support and assistance to youth who need
it, by providing them with the right support and services to lead them away
from homelessness."
    Through the Homelessness Partnership Initiative (HPI), the cornerstone of
the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), the Government of Canada provided
$275,148 in funding to Trame d'Action et d'Initiatives Concertées Jeunesse.
This funding will enable the organization to continue the activities it began
in April 2007 and to maintain the positions of two street workers, a clinical
co-ordinator and a co-ordination assistant.
    As part of this project, the organization will maintain and improve
direct services to troubled youth, as well as strengthen ties between
community and public organizations. TRAIC Jeunesse supports homeless youth and
youth at risk of becoming homeless by developing services and activities
tailored to their needs and helping them integrate socially into the
community.
    Through the HPS, the Government of Canada is implementing concrete
measures to address homelessness and is providing $269.6 million over two
years to help communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively.
    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.
    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.

    Visit the new Human Resources and Social Development Canada Web site at
www.hrsdc.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: (media only): Pema Lhalungpa, Press Secretary,
Office of Minister Solberg, (819) 994-2482; Media Relations Office: Human
Resources and Social Development Canada, (819) 994-5559; Pascal Doucet, Media
Relations, Coordinator, Service Canada Communications, (514) 982-2384, ext.
2209; Public inquiries: 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232),  TTY: 1 800 926-9105,
servicecanada.gc.ca


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