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New funding announced for Winnipeg’s Rapid Housing Initiative

The City of Winnipeg along with the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada have announced round 3 of funding for the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI).

With the new funding, four new projects in Winnipeg will help Indigenous peoples, and women and their children fleeing violence.

“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Canadian Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion. “Through the Rapid Housing Initiative, we are quickly providing new affordable housing units for people who need them most, right across Canada, including right here in Winnipeg. By working closely with our partners to create more affordable housing that meets the needs of Canadians, our government is continuing to deliver meaningful results for Canadians. This is one of the many ways our National Housing Strategy continues to ensure no one is left behind.”


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The Manitoba Metis Federation will be receiving over $5.8 million to build 14 transition housing units for Indigenous youth aging out of care.

Wahbung Abinoonjiaag will be receiving over $1.3 million to develop 26 transitional housing units, targeting Indigenous women and their children.

University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation (UWCRC) 2.0 will be receiving over $6.1 million to develop 11 transitional housing units for women and children who have experienced gender-based violence.

Lastly, the Spence Neighbourhood Association will be receiving over $1.8 million to develop six transition housing units — three at both of their locations — for youth experiencing homelessness.

“Creating new housing opportunities for our most vulnerable citizens is a top priority, and this partnership continues to deliver results,” said Mayor Scott Gillingham. “This round of the RHI is not only funding 57 new housing units across four projects, but it’s helping us build a pipeline of several other interested applicants we can work with to explore future opportunities for support.”

Through the first two sets of projects, the City had dispersed a total of $25 million and has created 134 new housing units.

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