June 23, 2016
Homelessness Partnering Strategy Funding Increase
Kamloops, B.C. - The Government of Canada announced that Budget 2016 will invest an additional $111.8 million into addressing homelessness, through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy over two years starting in 2016/17. The additional investment will provide communities across Canada, including Kamloops, with the flexibility and support they need to help prevent and reduce homelessness.
The Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding available to the City of Kamloops through the Designated Communities funding stream will be increased by $179,781 annually for 2016/17 and 2017/18. Funding allocation to the City through the Aboriginal Homelessness funding stream will also be increased by $134,439 annually for the same years.
The HomeFree Collective – a group comprised of representatives of non-profit housing providers, social service agencies, landlords, property management companies, persons with a lived experience of homelessness, urban Aboriginal community, foundations and individual funders, university professors, community leaders, concerned citizens, and political representatives – will be consulted in the upcoming months to review the Community Plan which serves as the guiding document for investing the Homelessness Partnering Strategy funds.
The HomeFree Funding Task Force, formed by members of the Collective, will establish the process for issuing and responding to a Call for Proposals for organizations interested in applying for the additional funding.
“Every segment of our society must be treated with dignity and respect and be given the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution. 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 Kamloops, to prevent and reduce homelessness and to explore innovative ways to address specific homeless populations,” said The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Natalie Serl, Project Manager - Housing & Homelessness
City of Kamloops