Manitoba boosts funding for Winnipeg’s Main Street Project amid coronavirus

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Coronavirus: Manitoba spending additional $468K on isolation units for homeless
Rochelle Squires, Manitoba’s minister of families, announced on Tuesday the government would pledge another $468,000 dollars in funding for the Main Street Project to operate isolation units for homeless people needing to quarantine during COVID-19. The funding brings the total support for the project to $2.1 million – Feb 2, 2021

The province announced additional support for Manitobans relying on social services during the pandemic Tuesday, including extra funding for COVID-19 isolation units at Winnipeg’s Main Street Project.

Manitoba’s Families Minister Rochelle Squires said her government is providing an additional $468,000 to the Winnipeg homeless shelter.

“The pandemic has had a significant impact on individuals and families experiencing homelessness,” said Squires in a release.

“In recent months, this site has operated at 80 to 100 per cent capacity. The new, additional provincial funding will help Main Street Project respond to this demand, which ultimately helps to protect all Manitobans from the spread of COVID-19.”

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The funding comes on top of $1.6 million the province has already provided Main Street Project to operate, Squires said.

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Squires said the province is also providing $335,000 to two community agencies — Made with Love and Sscope — which prepare and deliver meals to low-income Manitobans who do not have access to kitchen facilities and are self-isolating because of COVID-19.

Squires also gave an update on a pair of training and recruitment initiatives launched in November to support agencies serving Manitobans with disabilities.

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She said nearly 2,000 people have registered with Manitoba Possible’s online ‘envoyy’ platform, which works to connect agencies with those seeking jobs, and 150 people have enrolled for a free training program on disability support work offered through a partnership between Red River College and the province.

Earlier in the day Tuesday health officials announced 83 new infections of the virus, the lowest list of daily new cases Manitoba has seen since mid-October.

Since March, 832 Manitobans with COVID-19 have died and 29,733 people have contracted the virus, according to provincial health data.

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