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Government of Canada helps youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Ottawa, Ontario, February 12, 2013 — A new research study will help to improve support services aimed at Canadian youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, announced Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“Our government is giving a hand-up to Youth and we are pleased to partner with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute”, said Dr. Leitch. “Through partnerships like this one, we are helping to raise awareness of and prevent youth homelessness.”

“Our goal is to determine what really works to help youth with better housing and mental health outcomes. There is a menu of services available today but we need to better understand how to reduce access barriers to support services,” said Dr. Mario Cappelli, Director of Mental Health Research at the CHEO Research Institute. “We’re grateful to the federal government for fueling this initiative and for its drive to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable youth.”

“Building on YSB’s hands-on experience working with vulnerable youth and CHEO’s expertise, we’re going to make great strides to address youth homelessness and mental health across Canada,” said Joanne Lowe, Executive Director of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. “We’re thankful to HRSDC for bringing awareness to the unique needs of these young people.”

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $77,000 will be used by the CHEO Research Institute for its study on youth homelessness. The project will identify best practices for ending youth homelessness. Findings will be shared at the local level to enable communities to improve services and programs in order to better meet the needs of youth.

In September 2008, the Government of Canada committed to more than $1.9 billion in housing and homelessness over five years. As part of this commitment, the Government of Canada has renewed the HPS until March 2014.

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For further information (media only):

Marian Ngo
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Finley

Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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