From left to right: MLA Marvin Hunt, Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier of B.C. and Minister Responsible for Housing, MP Nina Grewal, Hon. Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development).
From left to right: MLA Marvin Hunt, Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier of B.C. and Minister Responsible for Housing, MP Nina Grewal, Hon. Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development).

Surrey: The governments of Canada and B.C. will provide an estimated investment of $62.5 million over five years to the Homeless Prevention Program for rent supplements under the Canada-B.C. Agreement for Investment in Affordable Housing.

Bc Govt in a release says that British Columbians at risk of becoming homeless have more support to find homes in the private market. The new Homeless Prevention Program will make rent supplements and support services available to four at-risk groups.

The Homeless Prevention Program (HPP) assists youth transitioning out of foster care, women who have experienced violence or are at risk of violence, individuals leaving the hospital and correctional systems, and Aboriginal people. Monthly supplements provided to participants to put towards housing costs are funded through the Canada-B.C. Investment in Affordable Housing. The Province will also contribute additional funding to support services that connect clients to community supports, helping them to maintain successful tenancies. This will help prevent vulnerable British Columbians from becoming homeless.

Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development) said, “Our Government has taken action to invest in housing and initiatives to combat homelessness because we recognize that having safe, permanent housing is an important first step towards a new transition in life. With their lives on track, individuals are then able to gain and upgrade skills which lead to jobs.’’

Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier of B.C. and Minister Responsible for Housing said, “Rent supplements offer a more flexible option for many people because they can choose where to live based on what suits their needs. The Homeless Prevention Program builds on our success with other rental assistance programs aimed at addressing homelessness by taking a more proactive approach and helping people in crisis.”