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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) What is the Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Inititative (WHHI)?
2) Where is the WHHI office located?
3) How does the single window work?
4) How does the WHHI work with community groups?
5) How are projects funded?
6) How are proposals reviewed and/or approved?
7) Where can I get more information?


1) What is the Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Inititative (WHHI)?

Canada, Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to address housing revitalization in Winnipeg’s inner city and the homelessness situation in Winnipeg.

The MOU established The Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative (WHHI). The WHHI is a multi-year, multi-million dollar tripartite initiative to address declining housing stock in designated inner city neighbourhoods, and homelessness.

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2) Where is the WHHI office located?

WHHI programs and services are coordinated by the three levels of government co-located in a “Single Window” office at 361 Hargrave Street, just north of Ellice Avenue.

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3) How does the single window work?

The WHHI Single Window serves as a central location for community groups and residents to access information on the various government housing and homelessness programs. The WHHI Single Window makes it easier for groups to obtain information and funding from government programs on housing and homelessness.

As a "one-stop shop”, the WHHI Single Window reduces duplication of government services and streamlines the approval process. It is also designed to help foster improved cooperation and information sharing between the various levels of government and key stakeholders.

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4) How does the WHHI work with community groups?

WHHI staff work closely in partnership with community organizations, the public, private and voluntary sectors. These partnerships build on local expertise, encourage new and innovative approaches and enhance existing community services and delivery.

Since opening in May 2000, WHHI staff meet regularly with community and neighbourhood-based groups and residents to help them come up with the best possible solutions for revitalizing their neighbourhoods. The WHHI also works with a variety of public and private partners, including:

• Neighbourhood-based and community organizations
• Non-profit housing groups
• Community Services Providers
• Professionals in the housing industry: planners, developers, architects, energy & building systems providers
• Government officials
• Financial institutions

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5) How are projects funded?

Funding to assist community groups with their housing and homelessness development projects is available under existing government programs. WHHI programs target those most in need, including low-income households, youth, Aboriginal people and seniors.

For more information, visit Programs.

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6) How are proposals reviewed and/or approved?

Housing

Neighbourhood-based groups may receive assistance to develop locally planned and delivered housing initiatives that help revitalize designated inner city neighbourhoods.

Housing programs are delivered through the WHHI and are funded by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Manitoba Family Services and Housing, and the City of Winnipeg. These include:

  • Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative (CMAHI)
  • Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP)
  • Neighbourhood Housing Assistance (NHA)
  • City of Winnipeg Housing Initiative

Homelessness

Homelessness proposals are based on the Winnipeg Community Plan 2011 - 2014. This plan ensures a community-driven and coordinated effort is in place to plan and implement homelessness initiatives that help prevent or alleviate homelessness in Winnipeg.

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7) Where can I get more information?

If you would like more information on the WHHI and its programs, please contact us at:

Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative
361 Hargrave Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2K2
Telephone (204) 940-3070
Fax: (204) 940-3077
Email: info@whhi.ca

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