Winnipeg Addressing Homeless Situation

Homeless in Downtown Fort William
Homeless in Thunder Bay means finding space. Often Shelter House is full.

Homeless in Downtown Fort William
Homeless in Thunder Bay means finding space. Often Shelter House is full.

Winnipeg, MB –The City of Winnipeg is working to tackle the problem of homelessness in the city.

The Winnipeg Public Service have recommended to the City of Winnipeg’s Executive Policy Committee a plan to provide a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) grant for $4 million be awarded to Siloam Mission to assist in the creation of housing opportunities for people seeking shelter.

The proposed housing development involves 160 housing units between the streets of Stanley, Princess, Logan and Henry.

“This recommendation comes as a result of direction that came from the January 24, 2014 Standing Policy Committee on Finance to consider options as to how to assist Siloam Mission in their goal to expand the services they offer to those who find themselves in vulnerable situations,” said Barry Thorgrimson, Director of Planning, Property and Development. “By providing help through a TIF grant, we can extend this help without impacting City of Winnipeg operating budgets.”

The TIF grant would be up to 50 years to achieve approximately $4 million.

“This grant by the City of Winnipeg recognizes the value of every citizen,” said Floyd Perras, Executive Director of Siloam Mission. “It will provide for a new Frontline Services Centre for hundreds of people daily and thousands annually. It will be a place where people can receive meals, clothing, health and employment services and transitional supports that they desperately need.

With this expanded facility, Siloam Mission will be able serve three times the number meals in one sitting and ensure no one has to stand in the cold, rain or blistering heat while they wait for a meal or for a bed for night.”

Increasingly, studies are showing that getting homeless people into homes is a long-term social and economic benefit to communities.

Shelter House
Rotary Shelter House on George Street in Thunder Bay

In Thunder Bay, Shelter House is stretched out to the limit. The Shelter is seeking donations to replenish food and other supplies.

To help out:

Shelter House Donation Info

  • Donations make a perfect birthday, wedding, anniversary or Christmas gift – make a donation in honour of a family member, friend, teacher or someone special.
  • In lieu of flowers make a donation in memory of a loved one.
  • Your donation is tax deductible.

Donation Methods

Via Shelter House’s Database

Visit shelterhouse.kindful.com.  Here you can enter in a donation amount, click donate and be brought to a screen where you will be able to create an account, or log on with an existing one.  This will give you control over your own profile in our database.  You can edit you contact information, update addresses and create recurring donations without ever having to leave your home.

By Telephone

Simply call Shelter House at 623-8182 and we will assist you in making your donation using your Visa or MasterCard.  Our Normal business hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

By Mail

You can mail donations to: Shelter House/Thunder Bay, 420 George St., Thunder Bay, Ont., P7E 5Y8.

In Person

You can drop off donations (monetary, food, etc.) to Rotary Shelter House, located at 420 George St., using the main entrance off of George Street. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are dropping off a large food donation, please call us in advance (807-623-8182) so we can ensure someone is available to assist you.