Thanks to the Government of Canada's support to Fredericton Residential Youth Services, more youth will have access to transitional housing in the Fredericton area.
The Honorable Keith Ashfield, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for Fredericton, made the announcement on behalf of the Honorable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs and is helping those seeking to break free of the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Minister Ashfield. "As a result of this investment, Fredericton Residential Youth Services will be in a better position to help and guide a greater number of youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Fredericton area."
The organization will receive $93,220 through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy to renovate an existing youth transitional housing facility. A two-storey addition will be added to the building, increasing the number of housing units located in the facility from three to five. This increased capacity will help to address current needs in the region.
"We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Government of Canada's Department of Human Resources and Skills Development for the generous financial contribution to our capital housing project," said Ms. Charlotte Reddon, Executive Director of Fredericton Residential Youth Services. "The funding will be utilized to create a new service delivery model for the Fredericton region which will provide additional placements for children and youth who require short-term, emergency care. This is an important investment in our agency, our community and the children and families we serve."
In September 2008, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $1.9 billion over five years for housing and homelessness programs for low-income Canadians. This commitment gives the Government the flexibility to work with the provinces and territories and municipalities, and with charitable organizations, to develop ways to improve the effectiveness of federal spending in the area of housing and homelessness.
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. The Government's investments are creating jobs, stimulating local economies and improving the quality of life for many Canadians. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
The availability of safe and 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 Homelessness Partnering Strategy emphasizes longer-term supportive and transitional housing by focusing on a housing-first approach to help people make the transition out of the cycle of homelessness.
For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.
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 communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years, and was extended in 2008 for a further two years until March 31, 2011.
The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless 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.
By working with all our partners, we will maximize results to make a lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. The Homelessness Partnering Strategy provides the support that our community partners are seeking.
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:
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: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.
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