Released April 13, 2011
Provincial Homelessness Funding Announced for Non-Profit Community Partners
In Mount Pearl today, the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, announced $1.74 million under the Provincial Homelessness Fund (PHF) for 15 non-profit organizations working to curb homelessness in their communities. The recipients are among 18 non-profit community partners throughout the province benefiting from nearly $2 million in PHF grants over the past two years. The Provincial Government previously announced $247,000 for three projects in Corner Brook in February.
“Through the Provincial Homelessness Fund, the Provincial Government continues to deliver on its commitment to prevent and alleviate homelessness in our communities,” said Minister King. “This funding is in keeping with the vision of A Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador, Secure Foundations, and will give these organizations the ability to continue and expand their programs and services to help people build a stronger future.”
“I am pleased to see this investment supporting such worthwhile causes throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, including the Parish of the Good Shepherd’s free lunch program which started last year and now draws over 100 people each Wednesday,” said the Honourable Dave Denine, Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs and the Volunteer and Non-Profit Sector and MHA for Mount Pearl South. “This grant will assist with upgrading their kitchen space as they work towards expanding their lunch program – a great investment by our government.”
Today’s announcement was held at the Anglican Parish of the Good Shepherd, whose free community lunch program received a $33,450 grant to assist with kitchen space upgrades. Details of other projects are included in the backgrounder below.
“This support will enable us to grow our lunch program – what we call our ‘ministry of hospitality’ – to better serve our community,” said Archdeacon Geoff Peddle, Rector of the Anglican Parish of the Good Shepherd. “Our lunches are open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation and many stay for hours and find both fellowship and encouragement. On behalf of them I say thank you to the Provincial Government and Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation for making this possible.”
Under the PHF, registered non-profit groups can receive up to a maximum of $200,000 per recipient in a given fiscal year. The funding helps cover capital costs associated with developing space to provide on-site or outreach services that promote housing stability for those at risk of homelessness. In addition, non-profit groups may qualify for up to $10,000 towards the purchase of kitchen appliances. This funding would typically be used by groups who operate soup kitchens, food banks or similar programs. Non-profit groups who do not own the property they are proposing to renovate may also be eligible for a maximum of $25,000 for renovations.
A Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador, Secure Foundations outlines a long-term vision for social housing aimed at improving the housing circumstances of low-income households and helping to create healthier communities. In Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future, the Provincial Government has invested $27 million for housing infrastructure projects, affordable housing and increased maintenance funding.
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