Government of Canada Helps People Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Prince Albert

May 22, 2012

 PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN–(Marketwire – May 22, 2012) – Vulnerable Canadians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to transitional housing and support services, announced Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs and is helping to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty,” said Mr. Hoback. “We are pleased to support the River Bank Development Corporation in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems. By working together, we are creating community projects and partnerships to improve and create services and facilities for people in need.”

“We are looking forward to working with our community, the Citizens Advisory Board and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, to develop solutions for the problems faced by homeless people in Prince Albert,” said Brian Howell, Director of the River Bank Development Corporation. “River Bank’s vision is to work together to build stronger communities and we believe that our new role as community entity will fulfill this vision.”

Over the next two years, the Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $729,000 will be distributed by the River Bank Development Corporation to local organizations for the development of housing and support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Prince Albert.

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BACKGROUNDER

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 HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years. In September 2008, the Government committed to investing more than $1.9 billion in housing and homelessness programs over five years, until March 2014. This includes a renewal of the HPS until March 2014.

As of May 7, 2012, a total of 2 026 approved projects totalling over $685 million have been funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society. This model seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

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, which recognizes that housing stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness. This approach is necessary for the success of other interventions, such as education and training, life skills development or management of mental health issues.

For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information
  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559

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