COVID-19 Update #10

The COVID-19 Response for Winnipeg’s homeless-serving sector, facilitated by End Homelessness Winnipeg, has engaged more than 60 local and regional agencies to protect the health and safety of those experiencing and at risk of homelessness during the pandemic. This update offers opportunities to share and collaborate with other communities working to end homelessness in the context of the pandemic.

Campaign: Recovery for All

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness has launched a new campaign. Recovery for All calls for bold investments in housing, homelessness and income support to end homelessness in Canada, once and for all. Learn more and sign up here.

Submissions: COVID-19 and the Right to Housing

In addition, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing is dedicating his 2020 report to the UN General Assembly on COVID-19 and the Right to Housing. Contributions are welcomed until Friday, June 19. For details, click here.

Survey: Youth Homelessness and COVID-19

Homeless Hub is gathering information on direct service workers’ and managers’ experiences addressing youth homelessness in the context of COVID-19. Find the management survey here and the direct service survey here.

Stories: Community Housing & Homelessness

Lastly, A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and HelpSeeker are identifying ways to capture and share stories related to COVID-19. Share your organization’s or community’s story of working to sow the seeds of change through their new online Storytelling space.

End Homelessness Winnipeg’s offices remain closed at this time, with staff working remotely.

For more information, email info@endhomelessnesswinnipeg.ca or visit End Homelessness Winnipeg on Facebook and Twitter.

Ekosani, Miigwetch, Maarsii, Thank you!

COVID-19 Update #6

As the Province of Manitoba has announced plans for reopening the economy and lifting some public health orders, End Homelessness Winnipeg is looking at next steps. We know the pandemic is not over, and that people experiencing homelessness are particularly at risk for an outbreak. Winnipeg’s COVID-19 Response for the homeless-serving sector, facilitated by End Homelessness Winnipeg, has engaged more than 60 local and regional agencies to rise to the urgent and emergent challenges facing our community during this transition to a “new normal.”

Next Steps and New Challenges

The greatest challenge ahead is the likelihood that hundreds of Manitobans could enter into homelessness in the coming weeks. More than 25,000 Manitobans lost their jobs in March; more than twice that number were already experiencing core housing need; plus there are the social challenges of stress, poor mental health, and confinement leading to family and relationship breakdown in the home. To address these concerns, it is vital to work collaboratively across sectors. We need to support families impacted by domestic and intergenerational violence; provide employment and training options for adults and youth; and ensure access to safe, stable housing that allows people to physically distance and self-isolate as needed.

End Homelessness Winnipeg has partnered with the Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters and HelpSeeker to map services across the province, so that those experiencing and at risk of homelessness or interpersonal violence can find the most relevant supports closest to them in real time. A new collaboration with local agencies and CAHRD aims to meet service providers’ staffing needs while increasing employment and training options for the community. End Homelessness Winnipeg is also working in partnership with our Housing Supply Action Committee, the Winnipeg Indigenous Executive Circle, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and others on supportive housing solutions.

COVID-19 Update #5

The COVID-19 Response, facilitated by End Homelessness Winnipeg, is engaging more than five dozen local and regional agencies, including community organizations, emergency shelters, the WRHA, Public Health, Manitoba Housing and the City of Winnipeg. The COVID-19 Response is identifying priorities for the health and safety of those experiencing or at risk of homelessness in our city. Continue reading “COVID-19 Update #5”

COVID-19 Update #3

End Homelessness Winnipeg is facilitating a COVID-19 Response, engaging with more than five dozen local and regional agencies to collectively identify priority actions needed for the health and safety of those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. This engagement has formed the basis of a COVID-19 Response plan for Winnipeg. Continue reading “COVID-19 Update #3”

COVID-19 Update #2

End Homelessness Winnipeg is facilitating a COVID-19 Response in collaboration with the city’s homeless-serving sector. The COVID-19 Response is focused on maintaining access to essential services like food, shelter and health care, while encouraging prevention measures such as social distancing, hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and monitoring symptoms. Continue reading “COVID-19 Update #2”

COVID-19 Update

End Homelessness Winnipeg is facilitating a COVID-19 Response in collaboration with the homeless-serving sector in the city, including community agencies, the WRHA, Public Health and the City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Operations Centre. End Homelessness Winnipeg staff are providing backbone supports for partner agencies in this collective effort. Continue reading “COVID-19 Update”