On Wednesday, September 17, Human Resources and Social Development Minister Monte Solberg announced that the federal government was renewing funding for three national programs aimed at combating homelessness and providing affordable housing across Canada. The funding for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program and the Affordable Housing Initiative was set to expire in March 2009. These programs will now receive an additional $1.9 billion dollars over the next five years.
CPJ was pleased to hear of this renewal, however, while this announcement ensures that federal support for existing housing programs will continue, these programs alone are not enough to adequately address the issue of housing and homelessness in Canada.
For more information, see: CPJ Responds to the Announcement of Renewed Federal Funding for Affordable Housing and Homelessness Programs.