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Finding housing for new refugees could pose problem

November 12, 2015 | CBC

The head of a non-profit agency that helps newcomers find a place to live says it's wonderful Manitoba will be taking in more refugees but finding homes for them will be a challenge.

Sally Nelson is the interim executive director of New Journey Housing, which helps newcomers find affordable housing. It also educates them on how to be a good tenant and their rights and responsibilities. Newcomers include refugees, immigrants, international students and foreign workers.

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Many Housing Champions Now in Cabinet

November 12, 2015 | CHRA

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet was sworn-in, naming 15 women and 15 men to lead his government. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister for Families, Children and Social Development, will be directly responsible for housing and CMHC. Other ministers of note for the housing sector are the following portfolio appointments:

  • Amarjeet Sohi (Alberta) - Infrastructure and Communities
  • Carolyn Bennett (Ontario) - Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • Bill Morneau (Ontario) - Finance
  • Jane Philpott (Ontario) - Health
  • Carla Qualtrough (BC) - Sport and Persons with Disabilities
  • Patricia Hajdu (Ontario) - Status of Women
  • Navdeep Bains (Ontario) - Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  • Catherine McKenna (Ontario) - Environment and Climate Change
  • John McCallum (Ontario) - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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Also check out Right to Housing's proposals for policy changes for the Federal government.


Care costs for seniors forecast to more than double by 2026

November 3, 2015 | CBC

The number of Canadian seniors requiring continuing care will rise by 71 per cent by 2026 and that will likely mean the provinces will face escalating costs to care for vulnerable people, according to a report from the Conference Board of Canada.  The report suggests if the current level of continuing care is to be maintained, costs will rise from $28.3 billion in 2011 to $62.3 billion in 2026 and $177.3 billion in 2046. Read more >


Winnipeg work program for the homeless

October 27, 2015 | CBC

A program run out of the Siloam Mission that hires homeless people to clean up the downtown streets is so successful it fills up nearly every day.  The program, part of Mission: Off the Streets, or MOST, pays $11 an hour, and for some, is a path out of homelessness. People who stay at the shelter can sign up each day to be part of a team of eight that goes out to pick up garbage, shovel snow and do other street maintenance duties. Read more >


Volunteers survey Winnipeg’s homeless in 24 hour street census

October 25, 2015 | CTV

Volunteers interviewed members of Winnipeg’s homeless population Sunday night as part of the city’s first street census. The 24 hour survey is coordinated by the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.

It aims to find the numbers and demographics of Winnipeg’s homeless population.

Volunteers began at traditional shelters like the Main Street Project, Salvation Army and Siloam Mission. Right now we don't have a reliable estimate of how many are experiencing homelessness on any given day,” said Christina Maes Nino with the Social Planning Council. Read more >


Book warns of silent crisis in Winnipeg low-income housing

October 22, 2015 | CBC

A lack of decent, affordable housing in Winnipeg is forcing residents to live in cold, mice-ridden and bedbug-infested apartments, says Jim Silver, chair of the University of Winnipeg's urban and inner-city studies program.

Not only that, renters are paying more and more to lease the bad housing, Silver said.

"The shortage of decent, quality, low-income rental" is "driving up rental rates so many low-income people are really struggling," he said. Read more >


Winnipeg lacks tools to address affordable housing shortage

October 22 , 2015 | Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg has fewer tools and limited political will to tackle its affordable housing crisis, and not much has changed in the first year of Mayor Brian Bowman’s administration. That’s according to new research done as part of a just-published book surveying the crunch low-income people have finding decent, affordable housing in Winnipeg.

The city’s 25-year plan, called OurWinnipeg, calls for more affordable housing, as does a housing policy that’s been in place since 2013. Bowman, celebrating his first year in office Thursday, pledged to build 350 units of affordable housing and another 350 rent-geared-to-income units for the very poor. Read more >


National security shouldn’t outweigh poverty

October 13, 2015 | Winnipeg Free Press

The next federal government does not have to promise to solve poverty itself, but it must pledge to work with cities, provinces and the private sector on comprehensive solutions. It can start by investing in social housing, which Ottawa abandoned in 1993, leaving the provinces to deal with the need.  Right now, the middle class and national security seem like bigger priorities for politicians than poverty. .Read more >


Housing Resources

EIA rate changes December 1


New Addictions Helpline

Manitobans needing support for drug, alcohol or gambling addictions will now have easy, seamless access to information about addictions services and resources in one place: MBAddictionHelp.ca.

Senior representatives from provincially funded addictions agencies, including AFM, Behavioural Health Foundation, Native Addictions Council of Manitoba, Salvation Army and Main Street Project led the development of the Manitoba Addictions Helpline in consultation with other members of the Manitoba Addiction Agencies Network.

The new helpline, which will be managed by AFM, has:

  • a toll-free line for information and support (1-855-662-6605);
  • a no-appointment-needed, walk-in option located at River Point Centre;
  • a website with up-to-date information on services available and how services can be accessed; and
  • an online self-screening tool to help guide people to the most appropriate service to meet their needs.


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