The governments of Canada and Manitoba today announced support for Siloam Mission’s Make Room campaign, which aims to add more than 54,300 square feet of additional shelter, programming and administrative space to its current location.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Scott Fielding, Manitoba Minister of Families, and Robert Falcon-Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Through the Investment in Affordable Housing agreement, the federal and provincial governments provided $3 million in funding for the development.
The project aims to create a service-based campus at the Mission’s current downtown location, in the form of a new two-storey link between the existing shelter building at 300 Princess Street and the soon-to be competed 400 seat dining area at 303 Stanley Avenue.
The expansion will create approximately 50 new overnight shelter beds, including up to 21 dedicated beds for women, and new space for Siloam’s health services, administrative and volunteer resource areas.
Founded in 1987, the Mission provides 110 bed spaces and services at its emergency shelter located on Princess Street, and is one of five emergency shelters that receives support from the Manitoba government through its $1.6 million Emergency Shelter Assistance.