SAINTE-ANNE-DE-KENT, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 18, 2012) - Vulnerable women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to longer-term housing and support services, announced the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Regional Minister for New Brunswick, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"The Government is giving a hand-up to Canadians to help them meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Minister Ashfield. "We are pleased to partner with the Kent Centre for the Prevention of Family Violence to help vulnerable women and children move towards safer, more stable lives."
"In cases of spousal abuse, it is often the mother, along with her children, who must leave the family home to break the cycle of violence," explains Angèle Losier, General Director of the Kent Centre for Prevention of Family Violence. "Unfortunately, very few shelters and apartments for low-income households are available to accommodate these families. Our expansion project of Oasis House will help prevent homelessness among women who are victims of violence in rural areas."
Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $75,000 will be used by the Kent Centre for the Prevention of Family Violence to create two new long-term transitional housing units for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The women will have access to support services including counselling, clothing and food.
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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 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.
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.