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About WHHI (Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative)

The Governments of Canada, Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg are committed to revitalizing our inner-city neighbourhoods, providing affordable housing for low to moderate-income citizens and helping those at risk of becoming homeless. To achieve these objectives, the three levels of government jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2000 and established the Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative (WHHI).

Following the success of the WHHI, Canada, Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg renewed the MOU in 2003 and again in 2008 to extend the mandate until 2013.

Combining Resources
Creating Affordable Housing
Reducing Homelessness
Building Strong Partnerships Builds Strong Communities
Investing in the Future


Combining Resources

To facilitate communication, cooperation and information sharing between governments and the community, the WHHI operates from a Single Window Office at 361 Hargrave Street.

This central location serves as a one-stop service for individuals and community organizations to access information on government-funded housing and homelessness programs.

The WHHI Single Window brings together the expertise and resources necessary to realize local community-driven initiatives.

Since opening in 2000, the WHHI has committed funding to help build, repair or rehabilitate thousands of units in Winnipeg’s inner city, as well as to enhance programs and services for the homeless.

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Creating Affordable Housing

Safe, quality and affordable housing strengthens families and creates stability in neighbourhoods. Housing improvement priorities are outlined in a housing plan developed by the local neighbourhood group and residents. The plan reflects the residents’ vision of what works best for their neighbourhoods.

Funding for WHHI housing programs is provided by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Manitoba Family Services and Housing, and the City of Winnipeg. Programs include:

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Reducing Homelessness

Homelessness projects are designed to help the most vulnerable people access the resources they need to lead a healthy and independent life.

Proposals are based on a Community Plan developed by representatives from the private and voluntary sectors. This plan identifies the priorities and activities required to address, prevent or reduce homelessness in Winnipeg.

Homelessness projects are funded under the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy and delivered through Service Canada/Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

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Building Strong Partnerships Builds Strong Communities

Improving neighbourhoods and the quality of life for the residents is best achieved when government and the community work as partners toward a common goal.

Through these partnerships, WHHI staff work closely with the public, private and voluntary sectors to develop local sustainable solutions to problems at the grass roots level.

House by house, block by block, the WHHI is actively involved in a united effort to revitalizing the inner city and to improving the housing and homelessness conditions in our community.

WHHI Partners
• Neighbourhood-based organizations
• Non-profit housing groups
• Community Service Providers
• Professionals in the housing industry: planners, developers, architects and homebuilders
• Financial institutions
• Other government departments

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Investing in the Future

Empowering community groups to make decisions about their neighbourhoods and services and giving them the resources to effect change, is vital so they can continue to live in the neighbourhood of their choice.

Involving residents directly in the planning and rebuilding of their neighbourhoods instills pride in those who live there and leads to healthier, safer communities. It is also an investment in the future of our communities, our families and our youth.

Through strategic planning, new and innovative approaches and a shared commitment towards housing renewal and addressing homelessness, the WHHI and the community are helping transform inner-city neighbourhoods into vibrant, desirable places to live.

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