M-RON receives funds to fight homelessness
As of June 7, Mariner Resource Opportunities Network of Carbonear, one of 20 regional economic development boards throughout the province, was in a better position to fight homelessness.
The organization, which brings people together in a common effort to share resources and enable long-term sustainability for the Baccalieu Trail, received $61,340 as part of government’s disbursing all remaining funding for 2010-11 Supportive Living Community Partnership Program projects. The monies will help the board develop comprehensive housing supports.
Speaking at a network forum in St. John’s, Darin King, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and Lead Minister for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, said he recently “ had the opportunity to see firsthand how our investments are helping our community partners develop innovative projects that make a real difference in people’s lives.”
As a response to the 2010 Poverty Reduction Strategy consultations, government substantially increased its financial investment, in an effort to “support new projects that can help create stability and provide support for people in vulnerable circumstances,” King added.
Three of the major 2010-11 investments in supportive housing that have been funded through the SLCCP are Choices for Youth ($605,000), Stella Burry Community Services ($499,400), and the St. John’s Status Women Council ($350,000).
Such “ambitious projects … can help change the lives of vulnerable people,” said Kimberly Yetman Dawson, Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Network.
King also announced total funding of $840,000 for 14 new projects, which extend regional outreach services, provide training and professional development, build capacity among community-based organizations, and share best practices.
The community groups receiving funding are located in such towns as Clarenveille, Corner Brook, Labrador West, Stephenville, Burin, Happy Valley-Goose Bay,
of Grand Galls-Windsor, Placentia, and Carbonear.
King anticipates “increased funding for this program to create many more supportive housing services with our community partners.”
People who face such challenges as “addictions, mental health issues, and difficult personal experiences … need specific supports to overcome the barriers they face in securing housing,” he added.
The Supportive Living Community Partnership Program began in 2009 with a budget of $1.2 million, which was doubled in both 2010 and 2011 to $2.4 million and $4.8 million, respectively.
Community-based organizations are advised that a call for proposals will soon be issued for 2011-12 program funding.