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Hope for Homeless people in Winnipeg

October 29, 2014 | cbc,ca

A Winnipeg woman who is homeless says there are too many obstacles to get into government-funded affordable housing.

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Rhonda Thomas in Winnipeg is one of the 235,000 Canadians who find themselves homeless every year, according to the Homelessness in Canada Report. (CBC) Rhonda Thomas has been without a home for the past five months. She said people are camped out in tents in spite of the cold, and winter is not even here yet. "It's crazy," she said. . Read more >

 

New Digs for New Journey Housing

October 28, 2014 | winnipegfreepress.com

A charity that helps newcomers to Canada find places to live has moved, too.  New Journey Housing has relocated from Portage Place to bigger digs at 200-305 Broadway, where it is holding an open house this Thursday. Read more >

 

Stepping up the war on poverty

October 27, 2014 | winnipegfreepress.com

There is some good news in the province's recently released second annual All Aboard report, which tracks poverty and social exclusion in Manitoba. However, it's clear much more needs to be done.

Since the All Aboard poverty-reduction and social-inclusion strategy was announced in 2009, there has been a 5.3 per cent increase in the number of social and affordable housing units supported by the province, an eight per cent increase in graduation rates and a 5.5 per cent increase in the availability of licensed child care. Read more >

The 'great indigenous divide': Winnipeg stares into an ethnic chasm

October 21, 2014 | theguardian.com

On the eve of an election, Winnipeg, home to Canada’s largest urban indigenous population, is finally grappling with a social division reminiscent of US cities before the civil rights movement Read more >

 

Youth See room for Winnipeg to Improve: Report

October 7, 2014 | www.chrisd.ca

The Winnipeg Foundation

A new report released Tuesday gives Winnipeg a passing grade when it comes to the quality of life as seen through the eyes of young people, but there’s much more room for improvement The Youth Vital Signs (YVS) 2014 report was released by the Winnipeg Foundation based on feedback from more than 1,800 youth aged 14-29.. Fifteen key areas were graded by respondents, indicating that while young people are generally satisfied, they’re also critical of the status quo..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 >

 

The State of Homelessness in Canada - A Homeless Hub Research Paper

The State of Homelessness in Canada, by the Homeless Hub, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness.  This is a thorough, comprehensive and clear analysis of the housing crisis.  It takes a broad look at the many factors that have contributed to and prolong this housing crisis.  A short list of its major recommendations reads as follows:

1. A new federal, provincial and territorial affordable housing framework agreement.

2. Investments to target chronically and episodically homeless people.

3. Direct investment in affordable housing programs.

4. A housing benefit �?? a new program to assist those who face a severe affordability problem in

their current accommodation.

5. Create an affordable housing tax credit.

6. Review and expand investment in Aboriginal housing both on and off reserve.

The complete report can be read at;

http://www.homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/SOHC2014.pdf

It is about 70 pages long so if you want to look at the way media are reporting it check out the CBC at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadian-homelessness-46-a-person-would-help-report-says-1.2816663

and the Globe and Mail at:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/adding-46-a-year-per-canadian-to-housing-budget-could-reduce-homelessness-report/article21361261/

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