The Salvation Army supports the Federal Government's continued support of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy



    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - The Salvation Army is pleased by last week's
announcement that the Federal Government remains committed to the fight
against homelessness through the renewed Homelessness Partnering Strategy.
    Since 1999, The Salvation Army has received tremendous support from the
federal government through the National Homelessness Initiative, now the
Homelessness Partnering Strategy, to help maintain the provision of social
services in Canada. The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to respond to
needs of Canadians, providing 6,370 shelter beds each night for vulnerable
men, women and families.
    "This is a timely announcement that shows the federal government's
commitment to the thousands of Canadians who are experiencing growing hardship
in times of economic uncertainty," says Commissioner William W. Francis,
leader of The Salvation Army in Canada. "The announcement underscores that
housing and homelessness are very real issues for all Canadians."
    The Salvation Army operates 71 shelter and hostel programs throughout the
country, providing over one-fourth of all shelter beds in Canada each night.
Many that are homeless are dealing with a combination of factors that may
include job stability, domestic issues, physical or mental illness, substance
abuse or other problems. As a result, a comprehensive, holistic approach to
treatment is the only way to provide a long-term solution for those
experiencing homelessness.

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 115 countries around the world. The
Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often
tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people
and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an
addiction.
    When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of
marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

    News releases, articles and updated information can be found at
www.SalvationArmy.ca





For further information:

For further information: Andrew Burditt, Territorial Public Relations
Director, The Salvation Army, (416) 845-8231,
andrew_burditt@can.salvationarmy.org, www.SalvationArmy.ca


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