Homeless advocates want funding maintained
Published Thursday, September 12, 2013 1:54PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:19PM EDT
About 100 people protested outside a federal building Thursday morning to demand more investment in programs to fight homelessness.
The groups say the Harper government is making a mistake in cutting funding to the Federal Homelessness Partnership Strategy by 10 percent over the next five years.
They are also concerned that by focusing the remaining budget on housing, the federal government is neglecting other areas where the homeless need assistance.
"The economic crisis, mental-health problem, drug addiction problems," are all things that the homeless face, said Pierre Gaudreau.
The leader of the Resource Network for Single and Itinerant Montrealers said the government should be funding street work as well as social housing.
"That is why we're demanding from the federal government to keep support to all the answers not only to one answer, the housing first. The Federal Homelessness Partnership Strategy is a good federal program."
Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney said that funding for the program is not actually being cut -- just redirected.
He said that the Harper Government is focusing on housing because it feels providing a home is the most effective way to combat homelessness.