2019-2020 Annual Report to our Community

Housing Through Collaboration: End Homelessness Winnipeg’s 2019-2020 Annual Report to our Community, covers highlights of our work this past year. Read about our progress on the four pillars of Increasing Housing Supply, Providing Supports, Preventing Homelessness and  Measuring Progress. The Report also includes audited financial statements and information on governance, working committees and staff. Continue reading “2019-2020 Annual Report to our Community”

2020 Extreme Heat Response Plan

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”

COVID-19 Update #9

The COVID-19 Response for Winnipeg’s homeless-serving sector, facilitated by End Homelessness Winnipeg, has heard from more than 60 local and regional services on the impacts of the pandemic for those experiencing and at risk of homelessness. As we move from lockdown to a “new normal,” eviction prevention and access to housing will be critical components of our collective recovery plan.  As never before, COVID-19 has highlighted the vital importance of having a home to individual and public health.

New Services

Salvation Army Weetamah at 324 Logan now hosts a drop-in 7 days a week from 9am-4pm. Print and share a poster for the drop-in here. In addition, a new COVID-19 testing site has opened at Thunderbird House, 715 Main, from 9am-5pm 7 days a week. Self-referrals are welcome.

Funding Opportunities

United Way Winnipeg is accepting applications for funding for direct services to vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. Funding is through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) recently announced by the Government of Canada. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, reviewed as they are received for as long as funds allow, until or before July 31, 2020. For more information, visit United Way Winnipeg’s website.

Making the Shift is offering up to $40,000 per grant for time-sensitive research proposals. Research should have a focus on COVID-19 in the context of youth homelessness prevention. Projects should generate knowledge to inform responses to the pandemic, the recovery phase, and the future of youth homelessness, in particular the necessity of homelessness prevention. Proposals are due May 25, 2020 at 12pm EDT. Learn more & apply here.

Lastly, $75 million in new funding has been announced for the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Community Support Fund. Funding will support Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve. The funds will help Indigenous communities prevent, prepare and respond to COVID-19. More details about this funding will be available soon. Visit Indigenous Services Canada for more information.

 

COVID-19 Update #8

The COVID-19 Response for Winnipeg’s homeless-serving sector, facilitated by End Homelessness Winnipeg, is shifting focus to look at lessons learned and next steps for protecting the health and safety of those experiencing homelessness. More than 60 local and regional agencies are working together to support this effort.

New Developments

Next week, Salvation Army Weetamah at 324 Logan will begin hosting a daytime drop-in from 9am-4pm, complementing its new community computer lab, available Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9am-12pm and 12:30pm-3pm. You can print and share a poster for the computer lab here. A new COVID-19 testing site at Thunderbird House is also anticipated to open next week.

CERB and EIA

Community organizations have raised concerns with the impacts of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) on those receiving provincial Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) benefits. End Homelessness Winnipeg has been in contact with EIA about some of these concerns and questions. Those receiving both CERB and EIA will have to complete an EIA eligibility assessment. This assessment could result in reduced or discontinued EIA financial supports for those receiving CERB. Those affected can still access EIA support for medical, optical, dental and prescriptions for up to 2 years. EIA is writing an FAQ for service providers on the impacts of CERB. For now, providers should discuss EIA income reporting requirements with those they serve. CERB is a federal benefit with its own recovery processes for people who received it but were not eligible. The only instance where EIA should create an overpayment due to CERB is where benefits were doubled up due to a person not declaring their CERB income to EIA. More information to come.

Resources

End Homelessness Winnipeg’s COVID-19 Resources for Winnipeg’s Homeless-Serving Sector page hosts updated info and guidance on prevention, protective equipment, screening, testing, isolation and operations for the sector.

End Homelessness Winnipeg’s offices remain closed, with staff working remotely at this time. For more information, email [email protected] or visit End Homelessness Winnipeg on Facebook and Twitter. Ekosani, Miigwetch, Maarsii, Thank you.

COVID-19 Update #7

The COVID-19 Response for Winnipeg’s homeless-serving sector, facilitated by End Homelessness Winnipeg, continues to act on priorities identified collaboratively by more than 60 local and regional agencies. Together, we are rising to the urgent and emergent challenges facing our community during this pandemic and the transition to a “new normal.”

New Responses

This week, Main Street Project opened a new space at 190 Disraeli, providing social distancing between overnight guests and hosting a daytime drop-in from 9:30am-4pm. Set up of this facility was supported by Reaching Home: Canada’s homelessness strategy, Manitoba Housing, and the City of Winnipeg. Read more from Main Street Project here.

Salvation Army Weetamah at 324 Logan has opened a new community computer lab, available Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9am-12pm and 12:30pm-3pm. This initiative is also supported by Reaching Home. You can print and share a poster for the lab here.

In addition, Aboriginal Health & Wellness Centre and the WRHA are working to open a new COVID-19 testing site at Thunderbird House within the next two weeks, through a partnership also supported supported by Reaching Home, the Manitoba Metis Federation and many others.

End Homelessness Winnipeg’s COVID-19 Resources for Winnipeg’s Homeless-Serving Sector page hosts updated info and guidance on prevention, protective equipment, screening, testing, isolation and operations for the sector.

Last but not least, community members and partners are observing an increase in encampments across the city. Former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, has released a National Protocol for Homeless Encampments in Canada to guide responses to encampments using a rights-based approach. Farha recently participated in a conversation on COVID-19 and Women’s Homelessness with Winnipeg Centre MP Leah Gazan, available on YouTube.

 

COVID-19 Update #4

The COVID-19 Response facilitated by End Homelessness Winnipeg has engaged with more than five dozen local and regional agencies across the homeless-serving sector, including WRHA and City of Winnipeg representatives. This engagement has resulted in a COVID-19 Response plan for Winnipeg to address prevention, screening, testing, isolation and quarantine needs for those experiencing and at risk of homelessness. The Response plan is informed by End Homelessness Winnipeg’s mission: to create lasting solutions with our community that prevent and end homelessness.

Resourcing COVID-19 Priorities

End Homelessness Winnipeg is working with philanthropic partners and all levels of government, including Indigenous governments, to resource priorities identified under the Response plan. On March 18, the federal government announced additional Reaching Home funding to “support people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak.” As Community Entity responsible for administering federal Reaching Home funds locally, End Homelessness Winnipeg, with guidance from the Community Advisory Board for Reaching Home, will be allocating $2.9 million to priority areas identified by our community’s Response plan, in line with Reaching Home directives for COVID-19. Already, End Homelessness Winnipeg has granted $200,000 in immediate support of testing, isolation, emergency shelter, and meals for those without a home.

Guidance for Providers

End Homelessness Winnipeg has added a page to its website listing COVID-19 Resources for Winnipeg’s Homeless-Serving Sector. The resources have been compiled to support agencies delivering essential services for those experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg in the context of the pandemic.

For up to date information on Public Health guidance and best practices, visit Shared Health Manitoba. For information on community resources and services available to individuals experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg during the pandemic, visit HelpSeeker or 211. For more information and updates, please contact [email protected] or visit End Homelessness Winnipeg on Facebook and Twitter.

Maarsii, Miigwetch and thank you for your for your efforts at this time. Together, we can flatten the curve to protect the health of our neighbours and relatives.

2018 Winnipeg Street Health Survey Fact Sheet #4

Read the fourth and final Fact Sheet 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 #4”