EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 26, 2012) - The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today celebrated the grand opening of the North Point Housing Complex, which will provide vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with greater access to housing and support services.
"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. Hawn. "We are pleased to support our community partners in their efforts to find local solutions to local problems."
"Through the support of the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, we are one step closer to our shared goal of ending homelessness in Edmonton," said Susan McGee, Executive Director, Homeward Trust Edmonton. "North Point is a great example of the positive results achieved when a community comes together."
The Edmonton Inner City Housing Society, through Homeward Trust Edmonton, received Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of more than $1.3 million to build an apartment complex for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who may be dealing with addiction or mental health issues, or have developmental needs.
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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 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 July 16, 2012, a total of 2 049 approved projects totalling over $693 million have been funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.
The HPS supports communities in their efforts to 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 encouraging communities to work in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, community stakeholders 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, and 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.