Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy – News Release [2018-11-05]

The Government of Canada announces new details on strategy to reduce chronic homelessness by 50% over the next ten years

HAMILTON, ON, Nov. 5, 2018 /CNW/ – Homelessness has an impact on every community in Canada. It affects a diverse cross‑section of the population including individuals, families, women with children, veterans, youth, seniors and people with disabilities. In 2016, an estimated 133,000 people experienced homelessness at an emergency shelter.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced additional details of Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, the redesigned federal homelessness program. The Government of Canada has committed $2.2 billion over 10 years to tackle homelessness through Reaching Home, reinforcing its community-based approach. Overall investments in Reaching Home will continue to build. Total investments will double to reach $237M annually starting in 2021-22, up from a base of $119.3M in 2015-16.

Reaching Home is part of Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy—a 10-year $40-billion plan to lift hundreds and thousands of Canadians out of housing need, resulting in up to 100,000 new housing units and 300,000 repaired or renewed housing units.

Through these significant investments, Reaching Home aims to support communities in achieving significant reductions in homelessness across the country. Over the next nine years, the Government of Canada aims to place close to 160,000 people in more stable housing.

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Employment and Social Development Canada, November 5, 2018