An additional $153,000 in federal funding will be provided over two years to help deal with homelessness in Duncan.
The funding, which is from the federal government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy program, will be managed by the United Way’s Central and Northern Vancouver Island Branch, which will work with the Tze Tza Watul Community Advisory Board on how best to distribute the funds. A call for proposals for new Duncan aboriginal funding support-services projects is posted on the United Way’s website.
The funds will be distributed in September with new projects helping the homeless starting in the fall.
“The government is pleased to support noteworthy projects conducted by organizations like United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
“Every segment of our society must be treated with dignity and respect and be given the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution. The face of homelessness is changing and the government recognizes the need to provide adequate support to communities to build capacity to help homeless populations lead valuable lives.”