Manitoba government says new money will reduce homelessness, help low-income people

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is offering more money to shelters and raising a rental subsidy in an attempt to reduce homelessness.

Premier Heather Stefanson says the province will more than double its annual funding to shelters, transitional housing services and homeless outreach programs, to $15.1 million.

The government is also boosting the Rent Assist subsidy for people on employment and income assistance to 77 per cent of median market rent, up from 75 per cent.

As well, the province is promising $2 million for a new job-training program for people coming out of jail to help them secure a stable income and housing.

The executive director of the Main Street Project shelter in Winnipeg says the money is welcome.

Jamil Mahmood (jah-MIL' mah-MOOD') says Main Street will be able to offer more safe spaces and services to people experiencing homelessness.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 31, 2022

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