Government Of Canada Helping Women Who Are Homeless Or At Risk Of Homelessness In Nanaimo
NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Sept. 29, 2009 – The Government of Canada is helping those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to build a stronger future for themselves.Mr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced funding through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to the Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society for its Turning the Key Evening Drop-In project.
“Our government is supporting many Canadians with housing needs, and is helping those seeking to break free of the cycle of homelessness and poverty,” said Mr. Lunney. “Through this investment, the Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society will be able to help individuals and families in need.”
The Government provided an investment of $135,787 under the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to support the Society’s housing project in Nanaimo’s downtown core. The project will focus on providing housing stability for women and children who are homeless and at risk of homelessness in the Nanaimo area.
In September 2008, the Government of Canada announced $1.9 billion over five years for housing and homelessness programs for low-income Canadians. This commitment provides the Government with the flexibility to work with the provinces and territories, municipalities and charitable organizations to develop ways to improve the effectiveness of federal spending in the area of housing and homelessness.
This ongoing funding will ensure that the Government can continue to assist homeless people and those at risk of homelessness – including low-income Canadians, seniors, people with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal Peoples in need of support.
Canada’s Economic Action Plan is building on these investments by making an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing social housing, and by making available up to $2 billion in loans to Canadian municipalities over two years for housing-related infrastructure improvements. To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca
The Homelessness Partnering Strategy recognizes that housing and employment stability are essential to self-sufficiency and full participation in Canadian society. With its clear goals of improved partnerships, enhanced sustainability and tangible results, the Strategy provides concrete, meaningful and lasting results for Canadians in need.
For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit the following website: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness
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The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to more than 60 communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years. On September 4, 2008, the Government of Canada announced that it was extending funding for the HPS at current levels ($269 million) for two years, from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2011. Funding for housing and homelessness programs has been extended for another five years, until March 31, 2014.
Under the HPS, the Government of Canada is offering to work in partnership with all provinces and territories. Such partnerships would encourage better alignment of federal and provincial/territorial investments, and help provide a seamless continuum of support for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.
The Homelessness Partnering Strategy uses a housing-first approach, recognizing that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.
The HPS has seven funding streams:
– Designated Communities
– Outreach Communities
– Aboriginal Communities
– Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects
– Homelessness Knowledge Development
– Homeless Individuals and Families Information System
– Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative
For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the seven funding streams, please visit the following Web site:
For more information, please contact
Office of Minister Finley
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
National Media Relations Office