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Government of Canada helps people in Manitoba and Saskatchewan who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 11, 2012—Communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will gain a greater understanding of local homelessness issues through a federal investment announced today by the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Regional Minister for Manitoba, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“Our 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 Toews. “Through this investment, The Salvation Army Winnipeg Booth Centre Ministries will help improve homelessness data collection and better serve people in Manitoba and Saskatchewan who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”“We are excited about the opportunity to continue our partnership with the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to build capacity and increase knowledge in communities,” said Major Chris Dickens, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Winnipeg Booth Centre Ministries.“This project aims to collect appropriate and relevant data to help us all better understand the challenges and root causes of homelessness and, together, identify practical and effective measures to reduce homelessness across our nation.”

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of just over $135,000 will be used by The Salvation Army Winnipeg Booth Centre Ministries to provide community data coordination, technical support and training to service providers who work with people who are homeless.

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This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

For further information (media only):

Marian Ngo
Office of Minister Finley
819-994-2482

Media Relations Office
Human Resources and
Skills DevelopmentCanada
819-994-5559

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