VANCOUVER, June 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister
of State (Social Development), today spoke at the official opening of
"The Sanctuary" in Vancouver. The Sanctuary, operated by Union Gospel
Mission, offers customized programs for women with addiction and
homelessness issues by providing a temporary home and one-on-one
Through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), the Government of
Canada works with other levels of government, communities, and
organizations, to develop and invest in local solutions to combat
homelessness. The Government recently announced the renewal of HPS with
an investment of nearly $600 million in funding over five years, until
The Government of Canada invested $131,334 in The Sanctuary.
Union Gospel Mission, based in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, provides
residents with emergency shelter, meals, addiction counselling,
affordable housing, and education and job preparation, and preventative
programs to help build healthy families.
Since the launch of the HPS in April 2007, nearly 25,000 Canadians who
are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless have benefitted from
education and training opportunities; over 27,000 have received help to
find work; and more than 4,800 new shelter beds have been created.
Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government is building on its
previous efforts and partnerships to implement the evidence-based
Housing First approach across Canada, which has proven to be the most
effective approach in reducing homelessness.
"Our Government is committed to ensuring all Canadians have the
opportunity to lead self-sufficient, productive lives contributing to
their communities and the economy. We work with many partners to
achieve this goal and congratulate the Union Gospel Mission on the
opening of The Sanctuary."
- The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
"We are thrilled to be able to open Union Gospel Mission's Stabilization
Program for women, the first one of its kind in Vancouver. It is our
commitment to help fill the gaps between detox and recovery for these
women as best as possible. We express our deep gratitude to the
Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, in partnership
with Metro Vancouver, for funding the renovations of the east wing of
the building, and helping to make this transformational step forward
- Bill Mollard, President of Union Gospel Mission
Canada's Economic Action Plan
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.
The evidence-based Housing First approach recognizes 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, developing life skills and managing mental health issues.
Housing First involves giving people who are homeless first a place to
live, and then the necessary supports (e.g. for addictions and mental
illness) to help them stabilize their lives and recover. The goal is to
help individuals who are homeless achieve greater self-sufficiency, a
better quality of life and become contributing members of society.
The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are
homeless or at imminent 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 not-for-profit sectors.
For more information on the HPS and Housing First, visit esdc.gc.ca/homelessness.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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