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.