Budget to renew funding for homeless, with new focus on 'housing first'

Current funding for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy is $134.8 million a year, but it is set to expire in 2014 — causing much angst to those who deliver the program since the population is so vulnerable.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is set to extend that funding beyond 2014, but is also likely to put the funding on a new path: an emphasis on “housing first.”

It’s a relatively new approach to helping homeless people that has saved governments money and had strong results for precarious populations.

 

Read the full article here, courtesy of The Globe and Mail

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