June 21, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new strategy that will help reduce poverty by making housing more affordable was released today by the provincial government.
Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock released the strategy, Hope is a Home, today as the first in a series of announcements focused on affordable housing and homelessness.
"A home is more than a roof over one's head," said Lamrock. "Numerous studies have shown that stable housing goes hand-in-hand with good health, improved job stability and performance and increased success in school. Stable housing is also a strong contributor to personal achievement. We recognize the link between good housing, self-sufficiency and poverty reduction, and we are committed to ensuring this strategy's success."
The strategy was included as a priority action in New Brunswick's poverty reduction plan, which was adopted in November 2009 by the 50 members of the Final Forum representing government, the business and community sectors, and residents who have experienced living in poverty.
The strategy targets four areas for development over the next five years, and each has a set of objectives:
"I thank everyone who participated in the poverty reduction public engagement sessions and the New Brunswick Housing Corporation stakeholder advisory committee for helping to develop the strategy," said Lamrock. "This strategy will serve New Brunswick well as we continue to look for ways to work with other levels of government, as well as non-profit and private housing providers, to address affordable housing needs across the province."
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Connor, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-3730.