WHITEHORSE, YT, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - People facing homelessness will
get more help from local organizations, as a result of funding provided
to the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN). Ryan Leef, Member of
Parliament for Yukon, made the announcement today on behalf of the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
"Our government is giving a hand up to vulnerable Canadians to help them
meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness
and poverty. We are pleased to support the Council of Yukon First
Nations in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems," said
Mr. Leef. "By partnering with local organizations to provide essential
services to people in need, we are doing our part to prevent and
address homelessness throughout Yukon.
"The CYFN has a successful working relationship with First Nations
people, communities and other organizations, ensuring resources are
available for them to provide programs for the benefit of all Yukon
citizens," said Michelle Kolla, CYFN Executive Director. "The
Homelessness Partnering Strategy is a great opportunity for First
Nations to be involved in working in partnership to find solutions to
help those facing homelessness in our communities."
The CYFN will distribute Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding
of more than $461,000 to local organizations for the development of
housing and support services for people who are homeless or at risk of
homelessness in Yukon. The funding will support projects in Whitehorse
and in rural and remote parts of Yukon, including those that meet
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 renewed the HPS until March 2014.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes $119 million per year over five
years, until March 2019, for the HPS using a Housing First approach.
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
included a renewal of the HPS until March 2014. Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes $119 million per year over five years, until March 2019,
for the HPS using a Housing First approach. This represents nearly $600
million in total new funding.
"Housing First" involves giving people who are homeless a place to live
first, and then providing the necessary supports (e.g. for mental
illness) to help them stabilize their lives and recover as best as
possible. "Housing First" can be an effective tool in solving chronic
homelessness while reducing pressure on other shelter, health and
Since the launch of the HPS in April 2007, the Government has approved
over $736 million for projects that prevent and reduce homelessness
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, please
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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