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Unsold condos are stacking up

February 23, 2015 | Globe and Mail

Last year was the first time in 30 years that [Winnipeg] saw more multifamily units under construction than single-family homes. The level of unsold inventory has been rising, as have rental vacancy rates, sparking concerns about overbuilding.

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Home ownership, fewer renters to lift vacancy rate

February 12, 2015 | Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG'S apartment vacancy rate will climb to three per cent next year -- its highest level in 17 years -- the latest forecast from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says.

"Renters will continue to move to home ownership, while fewer new renters will enter the market due to a modest decline in net migration to the city," said Dianne Himbeault, CMHC's senior market analyst for Winnipeg. Read more >

 

Grand Opening of House of Hope in Portage La Prairie

February 11, 2015 |Government of Canada News Release

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, today congratulated the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Central Region for the grand opening of the House of Hope complex in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Funding for this project helped to build eight transitional housing units and a storage space and to improve existing housing.

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s House of Hope received more than $1 million in federal funding for their project. The funding was provided through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (2011-2014) Rural and Remote Homelessness stream, which aims to prevent and reduce homelessness in rural and remote areas across Canada. Read more >

 

Community conversation moves housing issue forward

February 10, 2015 | Canstar


The long standing issue of illegal rooming houses in Fort Richmond was addressed by the community as a whole for the first time this past month.

On Jan. 31, approximately 200 residents, community members, and stakeholders in the Fort Richmond area attended a "community conversation" on the topic of rental housing surrounding the University of Manitoba. Read more >

 

Marie Rose Place provides home to women, children in downtown

February 6, 2015 | Metro

A new affordable downtown housing unit aimed at immigrant and refugee women was officially unveiled Friday.

Marie Rose Place, a 38,000-square-foot, 40-unit, six-storey building that cost $11 million, is an edifice “where my happiness reached the sky,” said Sarah Al-Kinani during the event. Read more >

 

Medicine Hat will end chronic homelessness this year

February 6, 2015 | cbc.ca

The municipality set March 2015 as its deadline five years ago. Since then, it's housed 848 people, including 275 children.  "We have a definition here in Medicine Hat. And our definition is that within 10 days of us recognizing that you don't have a home, be it you're sleeping outside, or you're couch-surfing, or you come to us for help, within 10 days we'll find you a place," said Mayor Ted Clugston.  Read more >


Dispute has immigrant housing delayed

February 4, 2015 | Winnipeg Free Press

THE immigration settlement community is keenly awaiting the completion of renovated housing for 60 families that is now scheduled to be almost two years later than first announced.

The conversion of a former Manitoba Housing building on Isabel Street between Pacific and Ross avenues into 60 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments was originally scheduled to be completed by December 2013. Read more >

 

Plan to cut poverty unveiled

January 30, 2015 | Winnipeg Free Press

Affordable housing has long been a community priority. Individuals and families need stable housing to access social services and succeed in training or employment. The province has added more than 3,000 new social and affordable-housing units since 2009, and has increased annual investments in repairs and maintenance tenfold in the last decade. While these investments have helped meet some of the need, more social housing -- particularly larger family units with more than three bedrooms -- is required. Read more >

 

Red Road Lodge to house homeless discharged from hospitals

January 7, 2015 | ctvnews.ca

Barely enough room to turn around in it, yet for Samuel Tangie his small room at the Red Road Lodge on Main Street is more than enough. "I like it quiet, I like meditating and I read mostly,” said Tangie. 

Two months ago and for the past 20 years, he lived on the streets in the St. Boniface neighbourhood.  Thanks to two new housing programs inspired by his late friend Faron Hall, Tangie now has a place to call his own.  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 >

RTB Open Doors Newsletter Topics

Rent Increase Guideline Set for 2015

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Events and Meetings

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The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is hosting a series of free quarterly webinars on Housing First in the context of its Training and Technical Assistance program. 

The next Housing First webinar, on Tuesday, March 10 (11:30 to 12:30), will feature the guest speaker Brian Dean Williams, MHCC Housing First Regional Trainer.
 
Based on the experience of At Home/Chez Soi and other Housing First programs, we know that trauma is a central feature of people coming out of homelessness. This webinar will guide participants in understanding the effects and responses to trauma, and the importance of working with a trauma-informed approach in all interactions with Housing First participants.  

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