WINNIPEG - The province says it’s teaming up with a Winnipeg family and the federal government to provide housing for people in Winnipeg experiencing homelessness.
Pollard Banknote co-CEO John Pollard says the family is investing $3.9 million into a new project he expects crews will start building this summer: a 47-suite the $8-million apartment complex on Ross Ave. between Princess and Isabel. Manitoba Families Minister Rochelle Squires says 15 of the micro-suites will have additional amenities to ensure accessibility for residents.
Together the province, the City of Winnipeg, and the federal government are investing over $1.1 million into the property, but Squires says Shared Health is contributing an additional $800,000, and is committed to providing funding for the facility in the years to come.
Pollard says he agrees with the housing-first approach to tackling the challenge of homelessness, and that the three-storey development will play an important role in improving the lives of those at risk of losing housing.
The apartment building is expected to be staffed 24/7, offering addictions recovery and other programming, with a game room, TV room, living room, a kitchen and common dining room, and a community garden and patio outside.