REGINA, Saskatchewan, January 20, 2005 — The Government of Canada is investing over $3.2 million to support 25 projects to prevent and alleviate homelessness in eight Saskatchewan communities.
The Honourable Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing today announced National Homelessness Initiative (NHI) funding for projects in Saskatchewan's three designated cities, Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert. Investments for today's projects through the Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative and Urban Aboriginal Homelessness components of the NHI in these three communities address the priorities identified by the community through local community plans to address homelessness. As well, there are many non-designated communities experiencing significant needs relating to community members who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Today's announcement also includes funding for projects in five non-designated communities: Île à la Crosse, La Loche, Lac La Ronge, Melfort and Moose Jaw.
"The Government of Canada believes that shelter is the foundation upon which healthy communities and individual dignity are built," said Minister Fontana. "Today's projects are a good example of communities working together to find local solutions to address the unique needs of people who are homeless, or who are at risk of becoming homeless."
"The province of Saskatchewan welcomes this support for our community partners," said Crofford. "Our government works actively with many of these organizations to support people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless so that Saskatchewan people, regardless of differences in needs or circumstances have the opportunity to contribute and be included in the economic and social life of the province."
Funding from today's announcement is being provided for the following projects. For more detailed information on these projects, please see the attached backgrounder.
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Since the Government of Canada launched the NHI in December 1999 to support communities' efforts to help Canadians out of homelessness, over $17.2 million has been invested through more than 100 projects to address homelessness in Saskatchewan. Between 1999 and 2006, the Government of Canada will have allocated $1.15 billion on its commitment to address homelessness across Canada. Funding for the NHI was provided for in the last federal Budget.
For more information on the Government of Canada's National Homelessness Initiative, visit our website at www.homelessness.gc.ca
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