Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Yet every day, vulnerable Canadians experience or are at risk of becoming homeless. The Government of Canada is taking action to help those in need, and make a real impact to reduce homelessness across Canada.
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, announced on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the launch of Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. Reaching Home will continue to support communities’ efforts to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. It will also support the goals of the National Housing Strategy, specifically the reduction of chronic homelessness nationally by 50 percent by 2027–2028.
Through Reaching Home, the Government of Canada is reinforcing its community-based approach by delivering funding directly to municipalities and local service providers. Beginning April 1, 2019, Charlottetown will receive $2,952,216 under Reaching Home over the next five years.
Under Reaching Home, the Government of Canada will expand the program’s reach by up to six new communities through an open and transparent application process, which is currently underway. The Government of Canada will also work with communities to develop and deliver data-driven systems with clear outcomes. This new outcomes-based approach will keep decision making at the local level and give communities greater flexibility to address local priorities and achieve results for the most vulnerable within their communities.
A transition period is in place to ensure service continuity as communities implement the new elements of Reaching Home. Communities will have three years to introduce coordinated access systems to prioritize people who are most in need of housing and support services. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting communities through this transformation by providing tools and access to training and technical assistance.
To learn more about Reaching Home, visit the website for information.
“When one person is forced to live on the streets, we’re all diminished. Homelessness is a reality for too many Canadians and a challenge for every Canadian community. Through Reaching Home we’re working with other levels of government, NGOs, Indigenous partners, and communities across Canada to provide more stable housing to people living in homelessness and increasing support for vulnerable groups. This is only the beginning and one of many changes that will make a real impact on the lives of vulnerable Canadians. By working together, I know we can reduce chronic homelessness in our communities by 50 percent by 2027–2028.”
—The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
“Our Government is making bold changes to the federal homelessness program to prevent and reduce homelessness. This funding will empower our local community organization, the John Howard Society of PEI, to provide support to those on PEI who need it most”
– Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
- Reaching Home replaces the Homelessness Partnering Strategy on April 1, 2019.
- Reaching Home is part of Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy—a 10-year $40-billion plan to lift thousands of Canadians out of housing need. The Government of Canada has committed a total investment of $2.2 billion over 10 years to tackle homelessness. By 2021–22, this will double annual investments compared to 2015–16.
- In Quebec, the Homelessness Partnering Strategy is delivered through a formal Canada-Quebec agreement that respects the jurisdiction and priorities of both governments in addressing homelessness. Since 2001, five agreements for joint implementation of federal homelessness programming have been concluded, including the current agreement for 2014−2019. In order to implement Reaching Home and allocate funds in Quebec beyond April 1, 2019, negotiations are underway with the Quebec government with the objective of concluding a sixth Canada-Quebec agreement.
- The Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative, a funding stream of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, ended on March 31, 2019, and has been replaced by the Federal Lands Initiative, led by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.