June 24, 2010
MIRAMICHI (CNB) - The province's newly released housing strategy and homelessness framework have received praise from a Canadian leader in the fight against homelessness.
Sean Gadon, president of Raising the Roof, sent a letter to this effect to the Department of Social Development this week.
"As president of Canada's only national charity dedicated to long-term solutions to homelessness, Mr. Gadon's endorsement of our housing strategy and homelessness framework is support that we greatly appreciate and is further testament that we are on the right track," said Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock.
The province's housing strategy, Hope is a Home, and the accompanying homelessness framework, A Home for Everyone, is a five-year plan to reduce poverty and end chronic homelessness by making housing more affordable.
"At a time when the federal government and other provinces and territories are searching for long-term solutions to housing and homelessness, the release of your housing strategy and the homeless framework places New Brunswick at the forefront of jurisdictions working to provide hope and housing for Canadians," Gadon said. "We applaud your leadership and commitment to assist people to find decent, affordable homes free of discrimination."
Gadon was in New Brunswick on Wednesday, June 23 to visit Miramichi Youth House and discuss youth homelessness and the extension of child protective services to New Brunswick youths 16 to 18 years old starting Monday, Sept. 20.
Raising the Roof was created as a result of a national consultation on homelessness conducted in 1996. Experts from across the country expressed a need for an organization that would play a key role in facilitating shared strategies to end homelessness - strategies that would show people in tangible, practical terms what they can do in their communities to prevent and address homelessness.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Connor, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-3730.