M-RON re­ceives funds to fight home­less­ness

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.

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