Canada takes action to address homelessness in Saint John

The Government of Canada is providing funding that will prevent and combat homelessness in Saint John. Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay, made the announcement on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families Children and Social Development, at an event on Friday in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), the Human Development Council is receiving more than$1.2 million over five years to support projects that help prevent and reduce homelessness by administering funds for local organizations and coordinating their roles.

As part of this funding, Housing Alternatives Inc. is receiving more than $85,000 this year to help up to ten people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness find and maintain stable housing. Housing Alternatives will hire a staff member to act as the hub of a team of service providers, who will connect clients with housing options as well as to other services and support that they may need.

  • Budget 2016 proposes to invest an additional $111.8 million over two years, starting in 2016–17, in the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to help homeless Canadians find stable housing.
  • This investment will give communities the support they need to help prevent and reduce homelessness, including Housing First activities, better emergency response services, and support for youth, women fleeing violence, and veterans.
  • Under the HPS, more than 35,000 Canadians who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless have benefited from education and training opportunities; over 34,000 have received help to find work; and nearly 6,000 new shelter beds have been created.

Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, said: “The Government of Canada recognizes the pressing need to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. Investing in Canada’s communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging clean economic growth. It is also about building stronger communities and empowering all Canadians to build better lives for themselves.” – CNW

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