A new effort to reduce homelessness across Canada has been launched by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Central Region, as it opened the House of Hope complex in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
 
The federal government gave CMHA over $1m in funding to build eight transitional housing units and a storage space and to improve existing housing. It was sourced through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy Rural and Remote Homelessness stream.
 
Since 2006, the government has shelled out more than $16.5bn in housing – $900m went to Manitoba.
 
Minister Candice Bergen confirmed a budget of $104m for affordable housing in Manitoba last July 2014.
 
"Our government has taken action to prevent and reduce homelessness because we want all Canadians to be able to prosper,” said Bergen.
 
“With the grand opening of the House of Hope, we are witnessing a concrete example of how we can move out of crisis mode in terms of managing homelessness and work towards eliminating it altogether. With their lives on track, individuals are then able to gain skills which lead to jobs," he added. 
 

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