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Emergency Shelters

Main Street Project provides a safe, respectful and accessible place for individuals at risk in the community. Main Street Project advocates for a more inclusive society and assist marginalized individuals to make real choices. Programs include: Emergency shelter, 58 spaces, adults only; Non-medical detoxification centre; Transition Services Team; Mainstay Residence, 34 spaces, (a supervised room and board environment that provides short term accommodation, meals, and a stable environment for adult men and women who are largely disadvantaged, in personal distress, often chemically dependent and homeless); and Intoxicated Persons Detention Area. Located at 75 Martha Street. Phone: (204) 982-8245. Email.  Doorway to Housing First.

Siloam Mission. Siloam Mission's Emergency Shelter is a 11,000-square-foot space, located on Siloam's second floor. The shelter is a dry facility that offers: 110 single beds; a 5-bed family room; Individual shower stalls and change rooms; and staff for transitional support and safety. 300 Princess Street. Phone: (204) 956.4344. Email. Doorway to Housing First.

The Salvation Army Booth Centre.  This 253 bed residential centre (up to 300 in winter) is a transitional facility that provides accommodation to individuals in need such as people who are facing addiction, mental illness or requiring emergency shelter. The primary focus of the centre is to work closely with people in an effort to deal with both physical and spiritual needs. In so doing we work to restore human dignity and re-educate all individuals where and when possible.  180 Henry Ave Winnipeg. Phone: (204) 946-9400.  Doorway to Housing First.


Men’s Resource Centre.  Emergency Shelter for Men and their children is accessible through the Men's Resource Centre for men who are fleeing intimate partner domestic violence and/or abuse.  Men experiencing violence or abuse within an intimate partner relationship are eligible for shelter. Our goal is to enable abused men to access emergency accommodation to ensure their physical safety.  Crisis counselling is offered along with assistance in working with service agencies to secure future safe housing, legal matters, custody issues, etc.  The Men's Resource Centre's mandate is all of Manitoba.  All services are free. Located at 115 Pulford StreetDuring business hours call 204.415.6797 ext. 201 or come to the centre.  After business hours call: The Provincial Domestic Abuse Line at:  1.877.977.0777 or Osborne House at 204.942.3052.  Email.

A & O: Safe Suite Initiative.   This initiative provides temporary housing for men and women, 55 years or older, who are in need of a safe place to stay due to abuse or neglect and whose needs cannot be effectively met by existing abuse/crisis services.  Abuse may be physical, emotional/psychological, sexual, financial or neglect.  The program provides the following services: counselling services; furnished accommodations for up to 60 days; Victoria lifeline support; practical assistance regarding finances, housing and legal supports.

A & O is able to provide this service at no cost to older adults.  Intake number: 204-956-6440.
Toll-free:  1-888-333-3121. Email.


Doorways to Housing First

Doorways is a community collaboration designed to meet the needs of individuals, families and youth in Winnipeg
who are experiencing chronic (homeless for 6 months or more) or episodic (homeless 3 or more times in the last year) homelessness. Doorways also provides intake and referral services for youth who are close to aging out of CFS care and have no place to live.

There are two ways that people can access Doorways. 1) People can self-refer to the Doorways Hub, located at 103-181 Higgins Avenue, for an intake survey. People can either walk-in or call the Hub at 204-925-3830 to book an appointment. 2) People experiencing homelessness can also access Doorways through referral from one of the “door” agencies. Some shelters and agencies act as a door into Doorways’ centralized intake program. Workers at these agencies can conduct the intake survey and offer prevention, early intervention and diversion strategies. For those participants who qualify, workers will make referrals to Doorways for further assessment. The partner shelters and agencies that people can visit for a pre-screen include:

• Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg
• Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre
• Eagle Urban Transition Centre
• Mount Carmel Clinic
• Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba and Winnipeg
• West Central Women’s Resource Centre
• Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY)
• Siloam Mission
• Salvation Army Booth Centre
• Main Street Project

Doorways is the intake, assessment and referral centre for Winnipeg’s Housing First programs. Participants should be aware that they are applying to be accepted into a housing and case management program—not just housing.

The intake and assessment tools used to help determine people’s level of need and vulnerability are the VI-SPDAT and SPDAT. The VI-SPDAT (Vulnerability Index & Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) is a pre-screen tool used to determine if a person’s situation warrants advancing beyond prevention, early intervention and diversion strategies. The SPDAT (Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) is a triage assessment tool used to determine a person’s acuity and key issues related to housing. The tool prioritizes the participant’s needs for the Placement Committee and helps them determine the programs best suited for each individual. The process helps the Placement Committee serve those with the most acute needs first as well as accurately match the right participant to the right resources. The Placement Committee is chaired by the Doorways Coordinator and is comprised of one representative from Winnipeg’s Housing First agencies:

• Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg Inc.
• Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc.
• Eagle Urban Transition Centre
• Mount Carmel Clinic
• Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba and Winnipeg
• West Central Women’s Resource Centre
• Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY)
• Siloam Mission
• St. Boniface StreetLinks
• Macdonald Youth Services

After Placement, Housing First programs will match participants with a supportive case manager who will help the participant find a home, and then make regular home visits to help the participant implement an individualized plan for success. Housing First is a fidelity based model that emphasizes:

• Access to permanent housing with no housing readiness conditions
• Participant choice
• Recovery orientation, including a harm-reduction approach
• Social and community integration
• Wraparound supports
• Intensive Case Management (ICM) or Assertive Case Management (ACT) Teams
• Integration of trauma and culturally informed practice

Winnipeg Rental Network supports Housing First agencies with its Housing Plus program. Housing Plus helps with centralized procurement for rental units and other tenancy supports to maintain tenancies or to help with housing transitions. The program is located at 509 Selkirk Avenue. Phone: 204-414-8220. Email.