Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is amending their agreement with the Government of Canada to include additional funding for the region through the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The CRD is eligible to receive an additional amount of $793,652, bringing the total amount to $3,918,767 over a five-year agreement ending March 31, 2019. In addition, the CRD received $44,000 in 2016 to participate in the national Point in Time Count.
“These additional funds are a positive investment and are much needed in our region,” said Barbara Desjardins, CRD chair. “Using a housing first approach, we will continue to work together to reduce and prevent homelessness in our community.”
The additional funding is part of a $111.8 million investment increase over two years, recently announced in the Government of Canada’s Budget 2016. It is comprised of $456,396 ($228,198 per year) through the Designated Communities funding stream and $337,256 ($168,628 per year) through the Aboriginal Homelessness funding stream.
“Every segment of our society must be treated with dignity and respect and be given the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution,” stated the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “The face of homelessness is changing and we have to adapt to provide the adequate support to communities to build capacity to help homeless population’s lead valuable lives. That is why, through Budget 2016, we are increasing funding to meet the needs of communities across the country, including Victoria, to prevent and reduce homelessness and to explore innovative ways to address specific homeless populations.”
HPS is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 designated communities and to organizations that address Aboriginal homelessness across Canada.
“Over the last three years, this round of HPS funding has been instrumental in supporting community service organizations in housing and offering support services to some of the region’s most vulnerable residents,” said Lisa Helps, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Co-Chair. “We are delighted to have the Government of Canada at the table and look forward to these additional and much-needed community resources.”
The CRD is the approved Community Entity for Greater Victoria and works with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness as the local Community Advisory Board. Over the past six years, HPS funding has been used to support capital projects and services oriented toward reducing and preventing homelessness in the region.
For more about CRD housing programs, visit https://www.crd.bc.ca/about/what-we-do/regional-housing/housing-policy-and-programs
Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.
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