“I really can’t express into words what it felt like to know that I had found a home and that I didn’t have to sleep outside anymore,” said a Medicine Hat man who spent five months sleeping outdoors in a lean-to he’d built from branches and a shower curtain. What changed for him? A Housing-First
Winnipeg’s Community Task Force to End Homelessness has released The Plan To End Homelessness in Winnipeg (PDF). Humbled and inspired by the personal stories of more than 80 people with lived homelessness experience (PDF), the Task Force—convened by United Way and Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council—consulted with many Winnipeggers who have a stake in ending homelessness: from a Council of Elders to the non-profit
To have the most impact possible in our community—to maximize donations and make every volunteer hour count—we know we have to dig beneath the surface of Winnipeg’s social issues and fix the underlying causes. It’s difficult to move a person from poverty to possibility if they don’t even have a stable home to live in.
A journey through the streets and abandoned lots of the Main Street neighbourhood where Ojibway artist Kevin Anderson lived an survived for almost a decade as a homeless individual yields a powerful look at homelessness in Winnipeg. Main Street’s Edge Gallery is hosting Anderson’s homelessness awareness and education initiative Street Life, a series of drawings “carefully,
A report issued in June by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness estimates over 200,000 people in Canada experience homelessness each year. In response, cities from Vancouver, to Edmonton, to St. John’s have developed 10-year plans to end homelessness. Now Winnipeggers have taken up the challenge through a new initiative spearheaded by United Way. Winnipeg’s