There are an estimated 1500 people experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg on any given night. But there doesn’t have to be.
Mental illness, addiction, poverty, a violent family situation. There are many reasons people sleep on the streets of Winnipeg. We know that 50% spent time in foster care as children. Nearly 11% are LGBTQ2S+. And a disproportionate amount are Indigenous.
What unites them all is that they are Winnipeggers. They are our neighbours. They need your help.
Supporting United Way Winnipeg makes a real difference in our community
What we’re doing to fight homelessness in Winnipeg
It’s possible to end homelessness in Winnipeg, not just manage it.
We know it’s possible because the city of Medicine Hat achieved it. Our community’s plan follows the same Housing First model. And End Homelessness Winnipeg, in collaboration with many partners, is working to make it a reality. Here’s some of the successes along that path.
As part of the Plan, End Homelessness Winnipeg is created as a backbone organization to manage our community’s Plan to End Homelessness in Winnipeg.
The first Street Census counts Winnipeg’s homeless—invaluable data to inform our work.
Our donors provide long term funding for 17 Winnipeg agencies that make sure people have the support they need to end their homelessness, or prevent them from losing their home in the first place.
“What can I do to help homeless people in Winnipeg?”
You can give. Support the many ways that we’re working to tackle this urgent social problem. These agencies receive a range of stable core and program funding thanks to your donations. They work to prevent homelessness. To help people leaving abusive situations to not become homeless. And to get people in precarious situations into stability.
The Plan to End Homelessness in Winnipeg includes four pillars.
Making sure people who are vulnerable—such as those aging out of the child welfare system or those leaving prison—have the supports they need to stay in a home in the first place.
Creating a system that triages urgent, persistent homelessness for people with mental health, developmental or addiction challenges who aren’t able to end their homelessness on their own.
Expanding the available amount of transitional housing with supports.
Developing a rich profile of our homeless population. Data helps us evaluate, monitor and improve the system of care.
What is housing first?
Permanent housing is always a person’s first and foremost need. Once a person is safely housed, they have the stability to address mental health, addiction, social participation and employment.
“Housing First” is an approach to ending homelessness that centres on quickly moving people into stable homes. After that, they get the supports they need to stay there.
Who make up Winnipeg’s homeless population?
There are many different groups of people experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg.
Over 60% of people experiencing homeless in Winnipeg—and 80% of homeless youth—identify as Indigenous. Through an Indigenous worldview, that doesn’t just mean not having a shelter to live in. It means being isolated from a relationship with the land, animals, family, culture and language.
Your donations support many homeless-serving agencies that also get funding from Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy, which targets Indigenous homelessness—so you know they’re agencies you can trust to do good work.
Young people in precarious home situations, or those aging out of the child welfare system, need wraparound care that minimizes disruption to their education, keeps them safe, and sets them up for a stable future. 50% of homeless Winnipeggers spent time in care as children.
$4,000+ to support United Way Winnipeg homelessness initiatives, thanks to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce's 50/50 raffle. More...
Looking for help?
Looking for resources to help yourself or someone you know who’s experiencing homelessness? Or are you a service provider looking on behalf of a client? Search the services available at 211 Manitoba.
We can end homelessness in Winnipeg
With your help, we can resolve the problem of homelessness in our city. When you contribute, you support people in getting off the street and finding a place to live. And you help them in getting the help they need so they can stay permanently housed.