VANCOUVER, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Vulnerable youth who are facing
homelessness and suffering from mental illness will benefit from a new
research study that will look at partnerships between mental health
services and community housing agencies. Ms. Wai Young, Member of
Parliament for Vancouver South, 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 St. Paul's Hospital Foundation
of Vancouver in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems,"
said Ms. Young. "By partnering with local organizations that provide
essential services to people in need, we are doing our part to prevent
and address homelessness in Vancouver."
"This funding will allow us to identify what has made our partnerships
transformative in the area of homelessness in mentally ill youth," said
Dr. Steve Mathias, Medical Manager, St. Paul's Hospital Inner City
Youth Mental Health Program. "We will continue to better understand the
needs of this complex and challenging group of young people in the
hopes that one day homelessness may be avoided altogether or at the
very least, be seen as only a brief journey in a youth's recovery and
Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $67,800 will enable St.
Paul's Hospital Foundation to study the benefits of providing
integrated mental health and housing services. The results of the
project will provide a model for service integration that will be
useful for other communities as they develop strategies to reduce
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
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
includes 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. "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 justice services.
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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