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Government of Canada Helps Prevent Homelessness in Nova Scotia



YARMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2010) - Federal support for the Southwest Homelessness Prevention project will help 250 local people who are vulnerable to homelessness find or keep housing.

Today, Mr. Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced funding of over $77,000 to the South West Shore Development Authority under the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

"The Government of Canada is supporting many Canadians with housing needs and is helping those seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Kerr. "Through this investment, the South West Shore Development Authority will help individuals in the Yarmouth area who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to find and retain housing."

The support announced today will enable the organization to help 250 individuals in need to either obtain low-income housing or retain their current housing. These supports will include eviction prevention, housing placement, life skills workshops, and access to community services.

"We will deal one-on-one with the people affected by this issue in the area and provide them with the guidance and support needed to maintain a safe place to live," said Ms. Joelle d'Eon, Project Leader.

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. The Government of Canada is working with the provinces and territories and municipalities, and with community 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 of many Canadians. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

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:

Regionally Delivered:

    * Designated Communities
    * Outreach Communities
    * Aboriginal Communities

Nationally Delivered:

    * 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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