Message from the Director General
Great collaboration starts with communication and knowledge sharing. In that spirit, I am pleased to launch the first Homelessness Partnering Secretariat Bulletin. I trust that this issue, and those that follow, will facilitate a productive exchange of knowledge.
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As you know, the Homelessness Partnering Strategy has been renewed until March 31, 2014. The renewed Homelessness Partnering Strategy maintains the successful community-based model and also introduces enhancements aimed at improving program effectiveness. Program enhancements include an increased emphasis on labour market integration; reinforced accountability for results and improved data sharing; an enhanced focus on rural and remote communities; culturally relevant programming and services for Aboriginal people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; strengthened linkages related to mental health and homelessness; and increased relevance and dissemination of research.
In addition, the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat is enhancing partnerships with provincial and territorial governments to better align priorities and increase collaboration to find long-term solutions to homelessness.
The first issue of this Bulletin provides an update on recent activity within the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat and features a literature review on rural and remote homelessness. Our next issue will focus on youth homelessness and will include highlights from major studies.
Your opinions and ideas are important to us. We welcome your feedback on any of the items presented in the Bulletin.
Barbara Lawless, Director General
Homelessness Partnering Secretariat
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada