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.
The COVID-19 Response plan includes:
- Overflow space for emergency shelters to provide social distancing
- Individual rooms for self-isolation and quarantine
- Testing near emergency shelters and through safe, accessible transportation
- Health supplies including masks, gloves, soap and sanitizer
- Access to food, hygiene, and safe space
- Enhanced street outreach providing basic needs, health information and resources to prevent COVID-19
Funding the Plan:
End Homelessness Winnipeg is working with funders and all levels of government, including Indigenous governments, to resource priorities identified under this plan. Two weeks ago, 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 is planning to flow these resources to priority areas identified by the COVID-19 Response plan and will be announcing details as they are confirmed.
At this stage, following discussions with Service Canada and in consultation with community organizations and other funders, End Homelessness Winnipeg is pleased to announce nearly $200,000 in immediate support, allocated among the following COVID-19 Response initiatives:
- 1 Just City: extending Just a Warm Sleep shelter operations to April 30; staffing for meal programs
- Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre: repairs, maintenance and transportation for a new testing site at Thunderbird House
- Main Street Project: staffing and beds for overflow emergency shelter and for individual isolation and quarantine units
- Resource Assistance for Youth: hotel rooms providing safe temporary accommodation for youth
- Salvation Army: security and cleaning for overflow emergency shelter
- Spence Neighbourhood Association: staffing and supplies for WE24 safe space for youth
- West Central Women’s Resource Centre: hotel rooms providing safe temporary accommodation for women
End Homelessness Winnipeg Operations
The Winnipeg Street Census planned for April 8 has been postponed. Volunteer applications are currently closed. Those who applied to volunteer on April 8 will be contacted ahead of the rescheduled Street Census day. The Gizhe Waa Ti-Sii-Win Service Delivery Expo, originally scheduled for May 14, has been postponed to September 10 at the RBC Convention Centre.