THOMPSON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 18, 2012) - Vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to shelter and support services, announced the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, 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 Minister Toews. "We are pleased to partner with the Thompson Homeless Shelter and support community efforts to find local solutions to help those who are homeless."
"This funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba is so important for our shelter to continue operating on a 24/7 basis," said Paullette Simkins, Executive Director of the Thompson Homeless Shelter. "Our staff members are able to provide homeless shelter clients with much-needed support services and assistance."
Government of Canada funding of almost $200,000 is being used by the Thompson Homeless Shelter to provide emergency shelter and support services to up to 24 people per night. The support services include referrals and transportation to community programs and services, such as employment counseling.
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Funding for the Thompson Homeless Shelter's project was provided through Human Resources and Skills Development's Homelessness Partnering Strategy and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's Urban Aboriginal Strategy.
Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS)
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 until March 2014. This includes a renewal of the HPS until March 2014.
As of July 9, 2012, a total of 2 049 approved projects totalling over $693 million were 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.
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.
Urban Aboriginal Strategy
Through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's Urban Aboriginal Strategy and our partners, the Government is helping urban Aboriginal people realize their full potential. The urban Aboriginal population is young and growing and we continue to look for ways to remove barriers to their success.
In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada made a commitment to urban Aboriginal communities by renewing the Urban Aboriginal Strategy and investing $27 million over two years with the goal of improving opportunities for Aboriginal peoples living in urban centres.