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Aboriginal leaders, ministers talk housing at Winnipeg meeting

May 13, 2014 | cbc.ca

Aboriginal leaders and provincial and territorial politicians discussed ways to ensure affordable, quality housing for Canada's aboriginal peoples today in Winnipeg.First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders met with aboriginal affairs ministers across Canada on Tuesday for a meeting of the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group. Read more >


City taxes unfairly punish inner city: Eadie

May 02, 2014 | winnipegsun.com

The city's reassessment process punishes homeowners in some of Winnipeg's poorest neighbourhoods which have seen their share of property taxes rise by more than 50% since 2009, Coun. Ross Eadie said. Read more >


New report spotlights crisis in housing poor

May 27, 2014 | Winnipeg Free Press

Over the last 20 years as many as 140 rooming houses have been lost to fires or home renovators or housing agencies that flip them. That's according to a new analysis, to be released today, by inner-city activists and the University of Winnipeg's Institute of Urban Studies.  Read more >

See the IUS report here.


From rooming houses to rooming homes

May 28, 2014 | rabble.ca

In Winnipeg's inner city, and especially in West Broadway and Spence neighbourhoods, older homes converted to rooming houses are an important type of housing for many people living on low incomes. However, rooming houses are fast disappearing due to an unco-ordinated policy and regulatory framework and market pressures.  Read more >

To view CCPA's documentary From Rooming Houses to Rooming Homes, click here.


Doors Open Winnipeg: Red Road Lodge

May 31, 2014 | Winnipeg Free Press

Like so many formerly grand hotels that inhabit that strip, the Occidental was once considered one of the city's finest stays. Built in 1886 by Alexander Logan, the hotel went by many names, including Eureka House, California and White Rose before being crowned the Occidental around 1900.

Today it is Red Road Lodge, a 44-room transitional facility providing safe, affordable housing with support services for those struggling with homelessness, mental illness and addiction. Read more >



River Point Centre to open for addictions recovery

June 3, 2014 | Global News

The province is set to open River Point Centre on Magnus Avenue in the coming weeks. The 85,000-square-foot facility will have 30 housing units that will serve as a temporary home for people recovering from addictions.

The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, the Main Street Project and the Behavioural Health Foundation will work out of the building.  Read more >


Call for Governments to Fix Looming Housing Crunch

June 4, 2014 | Digital Journal

At a rally on Parliament Hill today, Canada's housing co-ops called on all levels of government to 'Fix the Co-op Housing Crunch': expiring federal housing assistance that threatens the housing of thousands of low-income Canadians. Read more >


City considers grants for developing downtown parking lots

June 5, 2014 | Winnipeg Free Press

A civic committee this morning endorsed a comprehensive plan that would give developers a property tax freeze for up to 20 years for the construction of new rental housing units in selected areas of the downtown.   Read more >


Bishop Grandin Crossing to include residential

June 9, 2014 | Winnipeg Free Press

Hopewell Development Corp. now hopes to include at least 1,400 multi-family residential units in its 53-hectare Bishop Grandin Crossing development, which was originally envisioned as a strictly commercial development.

"We'd definitely like to see 1,400 units, but it could be more," Don Larke, Hopewell's vice-president of development and construction, said in an interview. Larke said there likely will be both rental units and condominiums and a mix of townhouse and apartment-style buildings. Read more >

Housing Resources


Listing Limits adjusted on WRN website

The listing limited posted on the Winnipeg Rental Network website have been updated to reflect current Affordable Rent schedule established by Manitoba Housing.  The WRN uses the schedule as a cut-off limit for listings that can be listed on the website free of charge. All figures below reflect the Affordable Rent schedule except for Studio/Room.


New book examines homelessness issues in Canada

May 29, 2014 | Medical Xpress

Homelessness & Health in Canada, published by the University of Ottawa Press, is the first book in Canada to explore how social, structural and environmental factors shape the health of the nation's homeless populations. As an open source publication, the entire book can be accessed online for free.  Read more >


New "Who to Call" leaflet is out

The Winnipeg Rental Network has published a leaflet for tenants called Who to Call.  The leaflet is intended to help people navigate agencies when they find their landlord is being unresponsive to repair issues.  For a copy of the leaflet, click here.


Smoke Alarms in Rental Units

The City of Winnipeg has established revised standards and requirements for smoke alarms in residential rental properties. These revisions include new requirements for testing, maintenance, record keeping and tenant / owner education for smoke alarms.

For a copy of these standards from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, click here.


Rental Housing Improvement Program (RHIP) Intake June 12

What is the Rental Housing Improvement Program?

The Rental Housing Improvement Program (RHIP) provides financial assistance to private landlords, private non-profit landlords or housing co-operatives in Manitoba, who rent to tenants of low income, to repair or rehabilitate their property and bring it up to a minimum level of health and life safety.

See additional eligibility information in the RHIP Request for Application.

How much assistance is available under the RHIP Program?

Rooming House

Up to $ 18,000 per bed-unit for eligible repairs may be available for qualified landlord. If the rooming house is located in a northern or remote community, up to $21,000 may be available to qualified landlords.

Rental Property

Up to $24,000 per self-contained unit for eligible repairs may be available for qualified landlord. If the rooming house is located in a northern or remote community, up to $28,000 may be available to qualified landlords.

Please note:
Work done before program approval is not eligible for financial assistance.
All mandatory repairs must be completed in order to receive assistance. Read more >

Events and Meetings


Winnipeg Rental Network Events

Brown Bag Networking Sessions

The next eviction prevention networking session will be held on Thursday June 26 at noon at the North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC) 509 Selkirk Avenue.  Please contact alana@winnipegrentnet,ca to confirm your participation.


Other Events

June 11 | EIA Options Paper & The All Aboard Action Plan for EIA and Work: A Review

Wednesday, June 11th

11:30 pm - 4 pm

at Winnipeg Harvest

At 11:30 ?? 1:00 Harvey Stevens will talk about EIA rate setting and the welfare wall. He will have background on the possible ways to increase EIA rates.


At 1:30 ?? 4:00

An opportunity to examine the ALL Aboard Action Plan as it relates to EIA and work.  Small group discussions on the strengths of the four areas of the action plan and possible improvements to the MB Government plan based on your experience in the community. 


Rooming House working groups

A coalition of groups are planning further meetings on supports for rooming houses in Winnipeg.  On June 18 at 10AM one group will be meeting on by-law issues surrounding rooming houses. On June 25 at 10 AM a second working group will be meeting regarding social issues. For RSVP and locations please call Spence Neighbourhood Association at (204) 783-2758 or West Broadway Community Organization at (204) 774-7201 X2.


Funding provided by the Ministry of
Housing and Community Development