In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada committed to consult with a variety of stakeholders on how the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) can be redesigned to better reduce and prevent homelessness across Canada.
On August 30th, 2017 BCNPHA provided its submission to the HPS consultation process. The focus of the submission is to inform policies and strategic direction that will lead to a homelessness-serving and housing sector capable of ensuring that all British Columbians have access to safe, secure and affordable housing and supports. The response highlights specific investments and policy interventions that are required through HPS to more effectively address homelessness in British Columbia.
The following minimum requirements are necessary for a successful expansion of the HPS program:
1. Promote coordination within the homelessness serving sector
2. Strengthen prevention mechanisms
3. Develop a needs-based funding allocation formula
4. Integrate homelessness policy
The full submission can be found here: A submission to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy’s Advisory Committee on Homelessness