Kamloops Homelessness Action Plan’s leadership council had a chance to hash out its No. 1 issue with a junior federal cabinet minister focused on social needs.
MP Cathy McLeod and Candice Bergen, minister of state for social development, met with the group on Monday. They discussed key issues, specifically affordable housing, its funding and related support services.
“Our government is committed to exploring community-based approaches to help address issues such as homelessness,” Bergen said later in a news release. “I was very impressed to learn how the Kamloops Homelessness Action Plan engages community leaders and brings them together to address this difficult issue.”
Bergen oversees Social Development Canada, which is concerned with the needs of seniors, children, families and people with disabilities.
The Conservative government renewed a national homelessness strategy and affordable housing initiative in its March budget, extending them for another five years but with reduced funding. Advocates had called for a 10-year commitment.
Federal funding for existing affordable housing has been cut by $1 billion since 2010, reflecting an ongoing reduction in the number of subsidized homes available to Canadians.