WINNIPEG, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Vulnerable Canadians who are homeless
and suffering from mental illness will benefit from research examining
ways to prevent evictions, as a result of federal funding provided to
the University of Winnipeg. The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of
Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, made the
announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister
of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government is giving a hand up to vulnerable Canadians to help them
meet their basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness
and poverty. We are pleased to support the University of Winnipeg in
its efforts to work with local organizations to find solutions to local
problems," said Minister Toews. "By supporting local organizations in
their efforts to provide essential services to people in need, we are
doing our part to prevent and address homelessness in Manitoba".
With this investment of over $77,000, through the Homelessness
Partnering Strategy (HPS), the University of Winnipeg will conduct
research and create a toolkit outlining best practices to maintain
housing stability and prevent eviction among people with mental
"This toolkit will support communities and housing service providers in
their efforts to maintain stable housing for people with mental
illnesses who are at high risk of homelessness," said Mr. Jino
Distasio, Director of the Institute of Urban Studies, University of
In September 2008, the Government committed to more than $1.9 billion in
housing and homelessness programs over five years. As part of this
commitment, the Government of Canada has renewed the HPS until
Homelessness Partnering Strategy
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 designated communities across Canada.
In September 2008, the Government committed to investing more than
$1.9 billion in housing and homelessness programs over five years. This
includes a renewal of the HPS until March 2014.
Since the launch of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) in
April 2007, the Government has approved over $736 million for projects
to prevent and reduce homelessness across Canada.
The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are
homeless or at risk of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency and
participate fully in society. This model seeks to address homelessness
by working in partnership with the provinces and territories and other
federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and
The availability of safe, 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 Government's investments are creating jobs, stimulating
local economies and improving the quality of life for many Canadians.
By working with all our partners, we will maximize results to make a
lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. The HPS
provides the support that our community partners are seeking.
The HPS encourages a housing-first approach, recognizing that housing
stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness. It is
also necessary for the success of other interventions such as education
and training, the development of life skills and the management of
mental health issues.
For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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