Manitoba pledges financial support to homeless shelters in Winnipeg, Brandon

The Manitoba government is expanding its financial support to homeless shelters as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced Friday.

Stefanson said the province is pledging almost $760,000 to help vulnerable Manitobans during the coronavirus crisis.

“As we continue to respond to COVID-19 together, we must ensure there are services in place to support those who are most vulnerable, including people experiencing homelessness,” said Stefanson.

“These investments will help ensure trusted, community-based organizations can extend or expand their supports, so everyone has a safe place when they need it.”

The funding is intended to support expanding capacity at a Main Street Project (MSP) location on Disraeli Street for the next three months as well as continued operation of MSP’s Sargent Avenue site until the end of September.

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The Salvation Army’s Winnipeg Centre of Hope will also receive funding to ensure its ongoing operations.

“We are very grateful to live in a province that has taken a well-planned approach to limiting the spread of the virus,” said Maj. Gordon Taylor, the Winnipeg Centre of Hope’s executive director.

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“There has been a tremendous sense of co-operation among various agencies and levels of government that has made it possible to meet unique needs and numerous challenges.”

A month of operational costs is also being pledged to Samaritan House Ministries’ Safe and Warm Shelter in Brandon — a facility typically open only during winter months but which has remained open to help support vulnerable clients during the pandemic.

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