The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (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. The City is responsible for administering, managing, and distributing the federal HPS funding in our community.
The HPS program supports a Housing First approach. This model promotes community collaboration and focuses on rapidly housing and providing support to individuals experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness, with the goal of assisting individuals toward greater self-sufficiency. The Housing First approach acknowledges that a stable living situation is critical in helping individuals improve their employment, education, and health in a long-term and sustainable way.
On Monday, June 11, 2018, the Government of Canada announced Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, which represents significant changes to the current Homelessness Partnering Strategy. The redesigned program will focus on data-driven approaches, community-level targets for the reduction of chronic homelessness, and increased funding for Indigenous-led homelessness initiatives and will place an emphasis on prevention.
Homelessness Action Plan
The Homelessness Action Plan was developed to build on past successes and helps establish a road map to continue working towards ending homelessness in Kamloops.
Homelessness Action Plan Goals
- Assess and enhance local housing
- Establish local housing board to advise and research
- Provide housing stability
- Promote housing support agreements
- Establish resident support program
- Connect people
- Improve outreach
- Network services
- Build life skills
- Improve fairness
- Change laws, procedures, regulations, and protocols
- Create and maintain employment
- Improve workplace supports