As temperatures rise and summer begins, End Homelessness Winnipeg launches the Extreme Heat Response Plan for 2020. This homeless-centred guide was created in collaboration by the Extreme Weather Response Steering Committee. The committee’s members include representatives from emergency shelters, outreach services, City departments, Health services and Environment Canada. Continue reading “2020 Extreme Heat Response Plan”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
End Homelessness Winnipeg recently submitted feedback to the Manitoba Police Commission’s call for recommendations to make downtown Winnipeg a safer place, and to the City of Winnipeg’s engagement towards developing a Community Safety Strategic Action Plan designed to make communities safe. Continue reading “Community Safety Recommendations”
Read the third in a series of Fact Sheets drawn from the 2018 Winnipeg Street Health Survey Final Report. Between July and October 2018, 406 individuals took part in the 2018 Winnipeg Street Health Survey. End Homelessness Winnipeg launched the survey’s Final Report in February, 2019. Continue reading “2018 Winnipeg Street Health Survey Fact Sheet #3”
The deadline for Reaching Home applications was January 3, 2020. This call is now closed. Thank you for your interest!
Reaching Home Call for Proposals
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End Homelessness Winnipeg is pleased to open this Reaching Home Call for Proposals for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Continue reading “Reaching Home Call for Proposals and Information Sessions”