A Federal Strategy to address Homelessness / by IMAGINE Clinic

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a community-based program funded by the Canadian Federal Government that aims to prevent and reduce homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 communities across Canada. The communities selected which includes Toronto, were reviewed as having a significant problem with homelessness and requiring ongoing support through additional funding. HPS also funds any organizations that aim to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada such as national projects and grassroots organizations. There are four national projects currently underway including: Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects, Homelessness Knowledge Development, National Homelessness Information System and Surplus Federal Real Property.

The Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects are joint projects with other federal departments/agencies such as Health Canada to address factors linked to homelessness such as corrections, employment, mental health, family violence, and immigration. Homelessness Knowledge Development funds research to develop knowledge about homelessness. National Homelessness Information System is a federal data development initiative to collect and analyze data about the use of emergency shelters in Canada. Finally, Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative makes surplus federal real properties available to community organizations, the not-for-profit sector and other projects to help prevent and reduce homelessness. Additionally, HPS also funds grassroots organizations that address the needs of homeless and at-risk people at the local level, especially focusing on Aboriginal rural and remote communities.

For more information about the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), please visit:
www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/communities/homelessness/understanding.shtml