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We all pay for Canada’s housing failures

June 9, 2015 | Winnipeg Free Press

If you are reading this, you likely have a place to live that’s at least OK. But take a moment and think how you got wherever you call home today.  Read more >


Important lessons in battle to eliminate homelessness to be learned from successes in other cities

June 2, 2015 | Winnipeg Sun

The irony is profound. A southern Alberta city Rudyard Kipling famously said had "all Hell for a basement," is on track to become Canada's first city to put a roof over the head of all its homeless.

In that, there's a lesson for the entire country in moving beyond the political paralysis that has characterized homelessness for a generation now, ever since Paul Martin's infamous 1995 federal budget slipped the moorings on all kinds of transfer payments and began an era of downloading onto the provinces, and their cities, more of the burden of social programs including affordable housing Read more >


Homeless need opportunity

June 2, 2015 | Winnipeg Sun

What the homeless population of Winnipeg needs, James Favel says, is simple.

"They need an opportunity," said Favel, one of the leaders in resurrecting the Bear Clan Patrol, the volunteer group that will walk the streets of the North End to help make them safer, while also assisting those who call those streets home. Read more >


Many homeless suffer from mental-health issues

June  2, 2015 | Winnipeg Sun

Becoming a "caring community" is just one necessary step the city needs to take to tackle homelessness, a local mental-health advocate says. Marion Cooper, the executive director of the Winnipeg region of the Canadian Mental Health Association, said residents would be well-served to learn more about the mental-health and addictions issues that afflict many in the homeless community. Read more >


The answer to homeless problem? Homes

June 1, 2015 | Winnipeg Sun

Gordon Walker says he’s learned not to give other cities advice on tackling their issues, but there’s little doubt many in North America have looked to his home state for some guidance. Read more >


NDP bolsters rent assist

May 22, 2015 | Winnipeg Free Press

The Selinger government rolls out its new, beefed-up version of its rent-assist benefit program today in a renewed bid to get more people off welfare and into jobs.

The measure was announced in the recent budget and will see the rent-assist shelter benefit hiked to 75 per cent of median market rents this year, at a cost of about $22 million, two years ahead of what the NDP government had scheduled.

Premier Greg Selinger said earlier this week the first phase of the increase will take effect in early July, with a second phase to come later in the year. Read more >


Social housing shortage needs urgent attention from all governments, municipalities say

May 19, 2015 |CBC

The country has a looming housing problem that is going to require action from all levels of government, according to a new report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Read more >


Winnipeg Slow to add Secondary Suites

May 12, 2015 |Metro News

While the “Fonzie flat” might have looked like a cool place to live for kids watching TV in the seventies, Winnipeggers are saying “whoa” to the idea of adding apartments above their own garages. Read more >


Lord Selkirk Park rebuilds community

May 8, 2015 | Winnipeg Free Press

Homelessness has been in the news following the tragic slayings of three homeless people in Winnipeg. Last week, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association's National Congress on Housing and Homelessness also met in Winnipeg to talk about housing strategies. Read more >


Manitoba students trade books for hammers to help Habitat for Humanity

May8, 2015 | Global

Almost 100 high school students are building walls, windows and door frames for housing charity Habitat for Humanity on Friday.

The students are participating in the High Schools for Habitat event to help the charity that builds safe, affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families.. Read more >



Housing Resources


Rent Assist

Rent Assist is a new financial benefit for people who receive Employment and Income Assistance
(EIA) and have housing costs to cover. It is also available to other low-income private renters. Rent Assist
replaces and adds a lot to the current EIA shelter allowance and RentAid programs. Rent Assist can help people move successfully into training and jobs. By combining shelter benefits inside and outside of EIA, the benefit program is simpler and moves with people as their situations change. . Read more >

Renting a Home in Manitoba

Get the help you need with this rental guide (Renting a home in Manitoba) published by A Literacy Partners of Manitoba in partnership with Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc., IRCOM, New Journey Housing and Winnipeg Rental Network. The guide provides useful information to assist with finding a place to rent including contacts of various rental agencies. Read more >


Housing and News Stories

Housing news update from your national voice, the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association.

How YOU can help make affordable housing an election issue; Congress 2015 Survey Results; Housing in Manitoba 2015 Budget; and other issues.


Events and Meetings

Winnipeg Rental Network Events


Other Events


The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) invites you to join Pathways to Housing National, the MHCC, and your neighbouring communities who have implemented or are implementing Housing First, for a regional training event.
You will have the opportunity to receive Housing First training and begin building regional Housing First networks, allowing for greater collaboration and sustainability of Housing First programs in Central and Northern Canada.

University of Winnipeg

June 16 - 17, 2015

Spaces are limited. RSVP HERE

If you have any questions about the event please contact:

Catharine Vandelinde
National Coordinator, Housing First Training and Technical Assistance Program
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Phone: 613-683-3927



Funding provided by the Ministry of
Housing and Community Development