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Government of Canada invests in housing for vulnerable Canadians in Manitoba

January 20, 2014 – Portage la Prairie, Manitoba – Employment and Social Development

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), today announced Government of Canada measures that will help reduce homelessness in Manitoba.

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s House of Hope project is receiving more than $1 million in federal funding. The funding is provided through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, which assists Canadians facing homelessness, allowing them to focus on improving their health, social and employment situations.

This project will help build eight transitional housing units and one storage space in Portage la Prairie, as well as help improve existing housing.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is introducing measures to reduce homelessness that will make a real difference in communities across the country.
  • In Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government announced an investment of almost $600 million over five years to renew the Homelessness Partnering Strategy using a Housing First approach as an effective way to reduce homelessness. Housing First moves homeless people into immediate and permanent housing, and then offers support for addictions and mental illnesses.
  • A federally funded research project and results from communities in Canada that have already moved to a Housing First approach have clearly demonstrated that it is the most effective way to reduce homelessness.
  • Since the launch of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy in 2007, over 55 000 people have secured stable housing.

Quotes

“By investing in new and existing housing infrastructure, our government is providing assistance to those who need it most in Manitoba, including those right here in Portage. We are committed to making communities stronger through projects like these that develop housing and provide support services for people at risk of being homeless.”

– Candice Bergen Minister of State (Social Development)

“CMHA strives to be an organization that offers people access to shelter, not only in terms of housing, but also in supports and services. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Canada and partners, once again, for their contribution to this project. It is with their support we can provide for a better community in Portage la Prairie.”

– Leisa Miness, Executive Director Canadian Mental Health Association Central

“We congratulate the Canadian Mental Health Association on their House of Hope project and their commitment to addressing homelessness issues in rural Manitoba. This project is an exciting example of how the Homelessness Partnering Strategy allows rural and remote communities to help individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.”

– Elicia Funk Chair of the Rural and Remote Advisory Board

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Contacts
Andrew McGrath
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
819-953-2351Call: 819-953-2351
[email protected]

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559Call: 819-994-5559
[email protected]

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