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Homelessness Partnering Strategy

The City of Winnipeg’s Role in the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy

The Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy program (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. It provides direct federal funding to communities across Canada to support their efforts in addressing local needs and specific homelessness priorities. Since its inception, the HPS has been encouraging communities to focus on prevention strategies and longer-term solutions using a ‘Housing First’ approach: permanent housing with wrap-around supports.

Since 2012, the City of Winnipeg has delivered federal funding to local community organizations, whose valuable work assists and supports individuals and families experiencing homelessness. As the Community Entity for Winnipeg, we are responsible for delivering two streams of HPS funding: Indigenous Homelessness and Designated Communities funding. Over the 2014-2019 Agreement period $35 million from these funding streams will be invested in local organizations: to support Housing First programs, to assist in the development or expansion of support services, as well as funding capital investments where those who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are served.

Winnipeg has a Community Advisory Board (CAB) that is responsible for setting direction for addressing homelessness in Winnipeg. It goes beyond simply funding organizations – it is involved in aligning efforts to end and prevent homelessness throughout the community, and encourages partnership building. It identifies local priorities through a planning process, determines which projects should be implemented to address those priorities and reports back to the larger community on the efforts made and results achieved in preventing and reducing homelessness. During meetings, all members have the opportunity to bring forth their views, and decisions are based on the collective understanding of the best way to move forward.

Additional Information:

Community Organizations currently receiving HPS funding

Call for proposals

The call for proposals is now closed.

HPS 5-year Community Plan

View the 2014–2019 Homelessness Partnering Strategy Community Plan

Winnipeg’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness

View the 10-year plan to end homelessness.

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Last update: September 11, 2017