The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs and Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation, and the Honourable John Abbott, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, today provided an update on the work of the Action Team and the coordination of supports for vulnerable populations in Happy Valley-Goose Bay who are experiencing homelessness.
The Action Team was convened in May 2021 to focus attention on vulnerable populations in Happy Valley-Goose Bay who are experiencing, or at risk of homelessness. Representation on the Action Team includes Indigenous Governments and Organizations, community partners, RCMP, the regional health authority, and Government departments and agencies.
A coordinated and collaborative approach has been adopted by Action Team members to address housing, health and other supportive services for individuals experiencing homelessness. The team discussions, which are held on a regular basis, are chaired by the Labrador Affairs Secretariat and supported by the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation.
The Provincial Government is proud to work alongside our Indigenous and community partners in this effort and acknowledges the hard work and progress that is being achieved to meet the challenges.
The Action Team update is available at this link.
“The update from the Action Team provides a good overview of the collaborative work that has been undertaken by members of the Action Team to coordinate supports and services for vulnerable populations. The Action Team is dealing with a complex situation, but their efforts are showing progress. The advances that have been made by the Action Team demonstrate that the challenges facing individuals who are homeless or require housing are best addressed through a community-led approach.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs
Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
“Strong partnerships between federal, provincial, municipal, and Indigenous governments, and community partners is key to finding meaningful solutions to address housing and homelessness needs. We remain committed to working with all of our partners on the Action Team, to develop current and longer term responses to homelessness in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay region.”
Honourable John G. Abbott
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development
Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
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Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation