Statement from Karen Vecchio Conservatives concerned for Housing First program

June 11, 2018

June 11, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON – Karen Vecchio, Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development, issued the following statement in response to Government’s “Reaching Home” announcement and its other changes to the Conservative Homelessness Partnering Strategy:

“Canada’s Conservatives believe that those experiencing chronic homelessness need stable support and assistance in times of great need. That’s why our previous Government focused on helping Canadians through proven, evidence-based homelessness-reduction programs.

“While it’s encouraging that the government is expanding the capability of communities to apply for funding under the tremendously successful Housing First approach, we share the concerns of community homelessness reduction advocates that the Liberals are reducing their commitments to Housing First.

“Housing First gave Canadians experiencing chronic or episodic homelessness the stability of a home, enabling them to move along the homeless continuum into independent housing, and equipped them with the tools to maintain employment and develop self-sufficiency, as soon as possible. By removing the 65% Housing First investment target, the Government is opening up the door for funds to be diverted away from proven methods of ending homelessness

“Even the Government’s own Advisory Committee on Homelessness recommended that the funding allocations and targets for Housing First ought to be maintained.

“We believe that Housing First must remain a top priority if the government wants to meet its target of a 50% reduction of chronic homelessness by 2027-28. Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives will continue to fight for proven, evidence-based efforts at ending homelessness, to make sure that Canadians are getting the help where, and when they need it most.”

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For more information, please contact:

Office of Karen Vecchio
Karen.Vecchio@parl.gc.ca
Phone: 613-990-7769