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.