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Human Resources, Labour and Employment
July 6, 2011

Funding Announced to Address Housing and
Homelessness Issues on the Burin Peninsula

Building on the Provincial Government’s commitment to help vulnerable members of society, the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and lead minister for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, announced a $64,230 investment in the Burin Peninsula region today. The funding is part of the overall investment of approximately $840,000 to multiple organizations that was announced recently from the 2010-11 Supportive Living Community Partnership Program.

“I am very pleased that this investment will help the Burin Peninsula Brighter Futures organization deliver services that will help people with complex needs secure stable housing on the Burin Peninsula,” said Minister King. “Our community partners play a key role in addressing homelessness in our province, and so the Provincial Government is proud to support them in their ongoing efforts to create comprehensive programs and services.”

The investment announced today will support the creation of a new housing support worker position. This individual will provide support to people facing multiple and complex barriers in their efforts to secure housing. This support includes, but is not limited to: help with accessing Provincial Government programs and services; help with finding and securing housing; and, help in terms of landlord mediation on a client’s behalf.

“The proposal submitted by Burin Peninsula Brighter Futures to establish a new housing support position within its organization demonstrates its commitment to the most vulnerable people of the Burin Peninsula,” said the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and MHA for Burin-Placentia West. “This organization plays an important role within our community, and the new housing support worker position will be critical to addressing the needs of individuals in this area of the province who face barriers to attaining long-term, sustainable housing solutions.”

An initiative of the Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Supportive Living Community Partnership Program provides funding to community-based organizations so they can develop comprehensive housing supports for people who need them. This project responds directly to specific housing issues that have been identified for the area.

“The new housing support worker position will indeed be an important addition in our community,” said Lorena Lundrigan, Executive Director of Burin Peninsula Brighter Futures Incorporated. “Housing and homelessness issues are a challenge for many rural areas of the province, including the Burin Peninsula. The new housing support worker will help address these issues by providing direct support to people so they can achieve better outcomes.”

The Supportive Living Community Partnership Program began in 2009 with a budget of $1.2 million, which was doubled in 2010 to $2.4 million, and doubled once more to $4.8 million through Budget 2011 Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador. A call for proposals will soon be issued for 2011-12 program funding.

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Media contacts:

Bradley Power
Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
709-729-0753, 699-5707
Andrew Tobin
Executive Assistant to
Hon. Clyde Jackman
MHA for Burin - Placentia West
Lorena Lundrigan
Executive Director
Burin Peninsula Brighter Futures Incorporated

2011 07 06                                                                            12:05 p.m.

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