More than $1.2 million approved to help the homeless in Sherbrooke - Human Resources Development Canada Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2002

SHERBROOKE, Québec, July 8 /CNW/ - Twelve Sherbrooke organizations are receiving over $1.2 million in federal funding to support projects designed to combat homelessness. Funding is being provided through the Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative (SCPI), under the Government of Canada's National Homelessness Initiative. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Denis Coderre, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament for Bourassa, on behalf of the Honourable Claudette Bradshaw, Minister of Labour and Federal Coordinator on Homelessness. "The Government of Canada is pleased to support projects that bring together community partners to help people in need," said Mr. Coderre. "With proper support, these people will have a chance to adopt a healthier and more stable lifestyle."

The funding for these projects will enable the Sherbrooke organizations to provide essential services to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The attached backgrounder provides a list of the approved projects. In addition to the Government of Canada funding, some of the projects are receiving financial support from the Government of Quebec or parapublic, municipal or community agencies. "In Quebec, projects announced to date under the SCPI, the Urban Aboriginal Strategy and the Youth component of the National Homelessness Initiative come to more than $59 million," added Minister Coderre. The National Homelessness Initiative (NHI) works in partnership with community organizations, the private sector and all levels of government to help Canada's homeless people by bringing together various partners to develop local solutions that work to address particular homelessness needs and issues.

Through this co-ordinated approach, the following programs are available to support communities across Canada: the Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative; Urban Aboriginal Strategy; the youth component of the NHI; the Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative; and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Renovation and Conversion Programs, as well as the Shelter Enhancement Program.

In February 2001, the governments of Canada and Quebec signed a cooperation agreement on the Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative. The agreement is in keeping with the jurisdictions, policies and priorities of both governments regarding matters of homelessness. A joint management committee oversees coordination of the agreement in Quebec. The committee is supported by an advisory committee that brings together representatives of both levels of government and of community organizations. Funding for the National Homelessness Initiative was provided for in the December 2001 federal Budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

For more information on the Government of Canada's National Homelessness Initiative, visit our Web site at < a href="http://www.homelessness.gc.ca/">http://www.homelessness.gc.ca/

BACKGROUNDER

PROJECTS UNDER THE NATIONAL HOMELESSNESS INITIATIVE

SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE (SCPI)
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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA CONTRIBUTION

LE PARALLELE DE L'HABITATION SOCIALE INC.- "778,000"
The aim of this project is to purchase and renovate two buildings to create 23 transitional housing units for young people aged 16 to 30 at risk of homelessness. In addition, the SCPI funding will be used to purchase furnishings, some outdoor leisure space and a parking area. The project also involves the creation of three new worker positions to provide intake, referral and support services for young people.

L'ESCALE DE L'ESTRIE INC.- "$82,008"
The funding approved will enable the organization to improve the quality of its services and introduce a new post-shelter follow-up service for battered and other troubled women at risk of homelessness and their children who find themselves in very precarious financial, social and housing situations.

LES OEUVRES DU PERE ST-LAURENT INC. - "70,000"
The funding approved will enable the organization to support a program that matches up offenders who are incarcerated or being rehabilitated with volunteer sponsors to facilitate their entry back into the community and counter the high risk of homelessness.

LA GRANDE TABLE - "$65,000"
The funding will enable the organization to consolidate its services by broadening its food program and improving its support and follow-up service for families and individuals at high risk, with the goal of providing a continuum of services.

MOISSON ESTRIE - "$65,000"
The funding approved will enable the organization to hire three additional workers to establish better relations with food suppliers and put in place a permanent mechanism to keep the operation going. The organization plans to seek cooperation from suppliers to guarantee a continuous supply of food items and provide intake, referral and follow-up services for a clientele identified as being at risk of homelessness.

SERVICES D'AIDE BRUNO DANDENAULT - "$50,176"
The funding approved will enable the organization to work with people who are disadvantaged and at risk of homelessness, supporting them in their efforts to find proper housing and develop a good quality of life.

LE THEATRE DES PETITES LANTERNES - "$31,407"
The funding approved will enable the organization to introduce a tool using theatre as a means of intervention and prevention, in cooperation with 11 community agencies dealing with mental illness, addictions, violence or other problems that can lead to homelessness.

LA MAISON JEUNES-EST - "$29,950"
The funding approved will enable the organization to increase its housing capacity for girls by adding two beds, thus improving the quality of services for young people in Sherbrooke aged 12 to 17 who are grappling with various problems and are therefore at risk of homelessness.

LA CHAUDRONNEE DE L'ESTRIE INC. - "$29,055"
The funding approved will enable the organization to make its facilities accessible to people with impaired mobility. As a result of the project, 45 such people, who are at risk of homelessness, will be able to safely use the services of the organization.

CARREFOUR DES CUISINES COLLECTIVES DE SHERBROOKE - "$21,291"
The goal of the project is to give people who are homeless or at risk the chance to develop a meaningful occupation by participating in a community kitchen group and thereby taking charge of their own health. The project also involves equipping the kitchens properly and adapting the concept to meet the specific needs of economically disadvantaged clients.

LA SOURCE-SOLEIL INC. - "$10,340"
The funding approved will enable the organization to improve its facilities and develop kits for distribution to homeless young people aged 18 to 30 who use the centre.

AZIMUT NORD, MAISON DES JEUNES - "$10,000"
The funding approved will enable the organization to offer competency development sessions for workers in the Sherbrooke area and develop cooperation among local organizations. These activities will be aimed at organizations serving young people who are homeless or dealing with multiple problems that can lead to homelessness.

TOTAL: $1,242,227