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Cold Weather Resources
To help keep the community safer during this extreme cold period in Winnipeg, here are some resources to print and share:
The Winter Weather Resource Guide lists shelters and safe spaces, outreach vans, drop-ins, meals and washrooms
This plain language safety tip sheet covers risks related to cold, fire and COVID-19 for people spending a lot of time outdoors
This poster offers tips on recognizing and responding to cold illnesses, including frostbite and hypothermia
There is also a guide for Winnipeg residents on What to Do when encountering an individual who may be experiencing unsheltered homelessness
In addition to services listed on the Winter Weather Resource Guide, St. Boniface Street Links has opened a warming centre in partnership with Holy Cross Church, 8pm-8am nightly for the duration of the cold period. Call 204 228-2369 to access. St. Matthews-Maryland/WestEnd Commons drop-in is now open every day but Wednesdays from 12:30-4pm. Main Street Project outreach is offering 24/7 transports for individuals during cold weather; Ma Mawi is doing outreach overnight Mondays through Saturdays, and Ndinawe is doing outreach Sundays through Thursdays from 4:30pm-12am.
When the heating system broke down at Just a Warm Sleep last Saturday, agencies came together to safely transport individuals to a temporary pop-up shelter hosted by Salvation Army. Services partner through the Extreme Weather Response Committee, which includes representation from the City of Winnipeg, emergency shelters, outreach teams, health services, people with lived experience of homelessness, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Partners collaborate to monitor capacity across the system and to support people to prevent cold-related injury or illness. For more information, download the Winter Weather Response Plan for 2020-2021: https://endhomelessnesswinnipeg.ca/2020-2021-winter-weather-response-plan/
Provincial Budget Submission
End Homelessness Winnipeg has submitted a letter as part of the province’s virtual engagement process for Budget 2021. The letter calls for urgent investments in housing as part of Manitoba’s COVID-19 and economic recovery. Download and read the submission here.
Housing First Webinar
Registration is now open for the second session in the International webinar series on Housing First, taking place on Thursday February 25, 2021, 8:30am – 10am CST. The session will focus on Housing First and Influencing Policy, with examples from different countries on how to influence policies around elections at a local level. Presenters will include: Geoff Nelson, Wilfrid Laurier UniversityDeborah Padgett, New York University Freek Spinnewijn, FEANTSA Stephen Gaetz, Canadian Observatory on HomelessnessVolker Busch-Geertsema, European Observatory on Homelessness Register for the webinar here.
For more information on this webinar series, including the recording and resources for the HF and the Costs webinar, visit: https://www.eenet.ca/article/international-webinar-series-housing-first.
Ekosani, Miigwetch, Maarsii, Thank you!