The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg is coordinating the Winnipeg Street Census in partnership with many organizations who provide frontline support to people experiencing homelessness.
The partners of the project are:
All programs of the Aboriginal Health & Wellness Centre of Winnipeg Inc. (AHWC) are based upon traditional values and perspectives, where services and programs are parts of a continuum of resources made available to identify and support the aspirations, needs and goals of individuals, families, and thus the community through access to both Traditional and Western resources.
Staff from AHWC sit on the partnership committee and communications working group.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute. Working in collaboration with the community, the CCPA-MB conducts quality research that advances social justice and environmental sustainability.
The CCPA-MB is working with an Indigenous researcher to provide information on Winnipeg’s housing market and conduct a literature review on the root causes of Indigenous over-representation among the homeless population.
As part of a leading national organization in mental health, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba and Winnipeg (CMHA), has been an active advocate since its incorporation in 1984 for the development of comprehensive services and support for people recovering from a mental illness. Through innovative services, information, education and social action, CMHA works to promote positive mental health to ensure that people with mental illnesses are full participants in our community.
Staff from CMHA Winnipeg sit on the partnership committee and the Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Support Working Group.
EUTC is a Winnipeg-based service mandated by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to serve as a social service organization addressing transitional issues of First Nation citizens. The EUTC serves as a hub of information and central location for clients seeking transitional support while living in and/or relocating to Winnipeg. The EUTC maintains an up-to-date inventory of resources, programs and services available to assist First Nation clients with day-to-day issues including housing, social assistance, addictions, resources for youth and services/programs in the areas of training/employment and education.
Staff from EUTC sit on the partnership committee and communications working group.
The Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) is an independent research arm of the University of Winnipeg. Since 1969 the IUS has been both an academic and an applied research centre, committed to examining urban development issues in a broad, non-partisan manner. The Institute examines inner city, environmental, Aboriginal and community development issues. In addition to its ongoing involvement in research, IUS brings in visiting scholars, hosts workshops, seminars and conferences, and acts in partnership with other organizations in the community to effect positive change.
The IUS is coordinating the volunteer training and support for the project. Staff from the IUS, including those hired to facilitate the Lived Experience Circle, sit on all working groups of the project.
The John Howard Society of Manitoba works primarily with men (18 and over), who have been or may be incarcerated, their families, victims of crime and the community to address the root causes of crime. They offer programs, supports and resources, based on the principles of restorative justice, to clients at their various stages of involvement with the justice system.
Staff from the John Howard Society sit on the partnership committee and the organization has provided advice and support regarding administrative data from Manitoba Justice.
The Lived Experience Circle (LEC) was formed in 2010 as an advisory group to the Winnipeg site of the At Home/Chez Soi study.
The main functions of the LEC are: to provide advice and direction to policy makers and researchers on matters related to homelessness in Winnipeg; to provide community education; and to put on community events.
Members of the LEC have provided input into the project throughout the planning; staff from the LEC sit on all of the working groups.
Main Street Project Winnipeg
Main Street Project (MSP) provides a safe, respectful and accessible place for individuals at risk in our community. The organization advocates for a more inclusive society and assist marginalized individuals to make real choices. By providing emergency shelter and food services, a drug and alcohol detoxification unit, on-site counseling, transitional housing, and a range of other critical services, MSP works to support clients’ basic needs, while ensuring their opportunity to make real choices and have meaningful progress, each and every day.
Staff of the MSP sit on the partnership committee and the report working group.
The Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. (Ma Mawi) works to support and rebuild Aboriginal families in Winnipeg. Their goal is to help the people they serve take back their role as the caregivers of their own children.
Through initiatives aimed directly at supporting families, Ma Mawi delivers a wide array of prevention and support based programs and services for children in care and the community at large.
Staff of Ma Mawi sit on the partnership committee, and survey development and methodology and volunteer recruitment, training and support working group. Ma Mawi will provide support and advice regarding cultural safety in the project.
Macdonald Youth Services (MYS) fosters hope and opportunities to empower children, youth and families throughout Manitoba to grow and heal through safe, caring, respectful and collaborative relationships.
Staff of MYS sit on the partnership committee and the volunteer recruitment, training and support working group.
Mount Carmel Clinic (MCC) is a non-profit community health centre committed to helping families live healthier lives. It exists to work together with people, families and communities to enhance lifelong health and well-being. They offer a wide range of services that address needs from child care and mental health to housing and social status.
Staff from MCC sit on the partnership committee and volunteer recruitment, training and support working group.
Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc. (RaY) is a non-profit street-level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of 29. RaY is non-judgmental and non-partisan, employing a harm reduction approach to all interactions with youth in need.
RaY is coordinating the methodology and survey development working group for the Street Census. Staff also sit on the partnership committee and report working group.
Rossbrook House is a neighbourhood drop-in centre for children, youth, and young adults. Located at the corner of Ross Avenue and Sherbrook Street in the Centennial area of the inner-city of Winnipeg MB; it offers a constant alternative to the destructive environment of the streets:
Keeping the doors open 365 days of the year and 24 hours every weekend & period of school holidays
Recruiting its staff from the young people who come to the centre on a regular basis
Driving participants safely home each evening
Staff of Rossbrook House sit on the partnership committee.
The Booth Centre, an expression of The Salvation Army in the downtown core area of Winnipeg, is a caring Christian Community serving those who are homeless or disadvantaged with a clean and safe residential environment to explore together life’s purpose and hope for the future. The spectrum of services includes emergency shelter, transitional residence, addictions services, and support for men living with mental illness.
Staff of the Salvation Army Booth Centre sit on the partnership committee.
A connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg’s less fortunate, Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian organization that alleviates hardships and provides opportunities for change for those affected by homelessness. Siloam Mission’s programs and services are provided free of charge, with dignity and respect, and without discrimination.
Siloam Mission is coordinating volunteer recruitment and management for the Street Census. Staff also sit on the partnership committee and communications working group.
The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (SPCW) is a non-profit membership-based organization committed to providing leadership in social planning and effecting social policy changes. The SPCW works with diverse communities, including policy-makers, funding agencies, service providers, cultural and Indigenous groups, and the public to:
- Identify and assess community issues, needs, capacities, and resources,
- Develop and promote policy and program options to policy-makers,
- Support community groups and the voluntary service sector in their activities,
- Raise community awareness of social issues and service delivery alternatives, and
- Facilitate collaboration among government, business and community groups.
The SPCW is the project coordinator for the Street Census and staff participate in all the working groups.
The Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA) works with the people of Spence to revitalize and renew their community in the areas of Holistic Housing, Community Connecting, Community Economic Development, Environment and Open Spaces, and Youth & Families.
Staff from SNA sit on the partnership committee and the methodology and survey development working group.
Sunshine House is a community drop-in and resource centre focusing on harm reduction, population health promotion, and social inclusion. It works with folks in under-served populations, providing programming that fulfills people’s social, community, and recreational needs using a harm reduction approach in programming.
Staff from Sunshine House sit on the partnership committee and the methodology and survey development working group.
The West Central Women’s Resource Centre (WCWRC) exists to empower all women-identified people to help themselves, their families and their community to safer, healthier lifestyles.
Staff from the WCWRC sit on the partnership committee and communications and volunteer recruitment, training and support working groups.
The Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council’s (WPRC) role has three components: to have and share knowledge about complicated issues, to use its influence to engage all sectors and communities, and to foster collaboration that breaks down silos, creates collective impact, and reduces poverty in Winnipeg. This led to the development of End Homelessness Winnipeg.
Staff of the WPRC/End Homelessness Winnipeg sit on the partnership committee and the methodology and survey development working group.
We anticipate that many local businesses, community organizations, and individuals will be providing time and expertise for the Street Census. A majority of the voluntary groups, churches, and not for profit organizations in Winnipeg have graciously worked with us to have surveys conducted at their locations. The planning and preparation for the Street Census has had support from: