Government of Canada supports project to help women and children facing homelessness
November 10, 2017 Saint John, New Brunswick Employment and Social Development Canada
Women and their children who flee family violence often become homeless after escaping their situation, but a new project may help reduce those numbers. Today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay, announced that the Government of Canada is providing more than $241,000 to support a six-month project designed to study ways to support women and children who are chronically or periodically homeless due to family violence. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Funding was provided through the Innovative Solutions to Homelessness funding stream of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).
As part of the “Thrive” project, First Steps Housing Project Inc. will work with six homeless and other non-profit service providers in Saint John and neighbouring rural areas to assess existing resources and create a model that will streamline services and provide more comprehensive support. The goal is not only to help prevent homelessness in an urban–rural context, but also to develop a plan that could be adapted for similar communities across Canada.
“Congratulations to First Steps and local non-profits for their successful proposal to find innovative ways to help women and children escaping violence get support and avoid becoming homeless. By working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of all Canadians.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
“The Government of Canada is proud to support organizations like First Steps and its partners, which are taking innovative approaches to help reduce homelessness. The Thrive project is a great example of how groups can work together to help women and children who flee domestic violence and are at risk of becoming homeless, not only in the Saint John area, but across the country.”
– Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay
- To give more Canadians access to housing that is safe, adequate and affordable, Budget 2017 introduced a National Housing Strategy, supported by an investment of more than $11.2 billion over 11 years, starting in 2017–2018. It is expected that this strategy will help thousands of Canadian households in need find adequate, suitable and affordable housing.
- As part of the National Housing Strategy, Budget 2017 announced a total investment of $2.1 billion from 2018–2019 to 2027–2028 to expand and extend funding for the HPS.
- This investment builds on funding provided through Budget 2016 of $111.8 million over two years ($57.9 million in 2016–2017 and $53.9 million in 2017–2018). It is also an addition to the program’s existing five-year investment of nearly $600 million over five years (2014−2019).
- Since April 1, 2014, the renewed HPS has helped more than 5,000 Canadians who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless begin education and nearly 5,000 begin job training; more than 10,000 Canadians have received help to find work, half of which began full-time jobs; more than 500 new beds have been created, 50 percent of which were in permanent supportive housing; and the program has helped place over 32,500 people in more stable housing.
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