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Liberals target fall for release of federal homeless veterans strategy

Liberals target fall for release of federal homeless veterans strategy
From CBC - August 11, 2017

The federal government plans to release a long-awaited strategy to tackle veterans' homelessness this fall amid rising concerns from veterans groups and homeless advocates about the Liberals' interest in the issue.

The strategy has gone through multiple iterations since last summer, when it was labelled a discussion paper by Veterans Affairs Canada, but an October draft appears to be the final version sent to Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr for his approval.

The revised plan obtained by The Canadian Press includes additions that underline the need for an emergency housing fund to help needy veterans cover rent or mortgage payments to prevent them from becoming homeless.

There is also an emphasis on peer-to-peer support mechanisms and outreach activities so veterans are used to help their comrades in crisis.

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