Housing & Income
Our HOMES Program (Housing Options, Mentorship & Economic Security) supports women with housing and economic security.
If you would like support to find or keep housing, or if you need help with an Employment & Income Assistance issue, please call our HOMES intake line at 204-774-8975 ext. 208. Drop-in appointments are sometimes possible, depending on our daily schedule.
Our goal is to build positive partnerships between participants and service providers in order to help participants find and maintain stable housing and income. We provide information, support and encouragement to navigate housing and income systems, and we help participants advocate for themselves where possible. The HOMES Program offers support through a combination of staff and trained Mentors. For information about how to become a HOMES Mentor, see our Mentorship Program page.
We believe housing is a human right and offer support services to help women access and retain appropriate housing and income supports.
Click on the programs and resources below for more information:
Finding and keeping good housing is a step-by-step process that takes lots of planning, research and follow-through. While the HOMES Program cannot guarantee how long this process will take, we can help you find and maintain housing in the following ways:
- Help you set goals and make plans to reach your goals
- Help you apply for identification and other paperwork to complete housing applications
- Fax or email completed housing applications to the correct places and help you follow up to check the status of your applications
- Find updated lists of available housing in Winnipeg
- Help you prepare to view apartments and talk to potential landlords
- Help you arrange damage deposits and rent payments with EIA
- Help you keep track of all the steps involved in finding a place to rent
- Help you work through conflicts with your landlord by documenting the situation, helping you prepare to talk to your landlord, or get outside support from the Residential Tenancies Branch if necessary
- Prevent evictions by helping you prepare for hearings and meetings related to evictions, attend hearings and meetings with you when possible
Help you ask for necessary repairs from your landlord.
- Help you find other community supports if necessary (financial counseling, health supports, etc)
Income Security Support
Navigating systems of financial support can be very challenging. Our program team can help you:
- Set goals and make plans to reach your goals.
- Apply for Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) when necessary and look into additional benefits when possible.
- Prepare for meetings with your EIA worker and attend them with you when possible.
- Understand information you receive from EIA.
- Prepare for EIA appeals when necessary and attend them with you when possible.
- Find additional income from other sources where possible (band assistance, Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, Canada Child Tax Benefit, etc.).
- With basic budgeting and financial planning.
- Find other community supports if necessary.
HOMES Program Limits
Here are some things that we are not able to do for you:
- Provide rental references.
- Provide priority or emergency housing.
- Provide financial support.
- Sign forms or agreements on your behalf.
- Make plans or decisions on your behalf.
- Offer direct support for issues other than housing and income security.
- Have control over government policy and regulation or other third party processes.
- Encourage argumentative attitudes or actions.
Here are some things you can do so that we can better support you:
- Treat WCWRC staff, volunteers and other participants with respect.
- Keep in touch with your HOMES Mentor regularly.
- Follow through on the plans you make with your HOMES Mentor.
- Fill out applications and forms to the best of your ability.
- Make the necessary phone calls that can help your case move forward depending on your situation (EIA worker, potential landlords, etc).
- Be prepared to go view suites, phone rental listings, make appointments and fill out rental applications at rental units.
Where we are:
640 Ellice Ave
Monday - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Tuesday - 12:30pm to 8:00pm
(4-8pm open to families/male partners)
Wednesday - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Thursday - 12:30pm to 8:00pm
Friday - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday - 8:00am - 12:00pm
More Than Four Walls
The More Than Four Walls Housing First Program is a community program that uses a Housing First approach to reducing homelessness. We assist women, trans people, and their families who are currently experiencing chronic or episodic homelessness to find permanent and stable housing.
Intake into all Housing First programs across Winnipeg is done through the Doorways Centralized Intake program. If you meet the program requirements, Doorways will connect you with More Than Four Walls (or another Housing First program in Winnipeg) for ongoing support.
People can self-refer to the Doorways Hub, by either going to 103-181 Higgins Ave or calling 204-925-3830 to book an appointment.
In line with the Housing First model, we believe that:
- Housing is a basic human right.
- Individuals experiencing homelessness should be moved into safe, permanent housing as soon as possible.
- Choice is important when finding housing.
- Housing should not depend on treatment status.
- Individuals are better able to deal with complex life challenges when they have a safe place to live.
- It is important to provide ongoing support for participants in order to maintain housing and increase self-sufficiency.
Housing First: a recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services as needed. For more, visit the Homeless Hub.
Chronic homelessness: having spent 6 months or more out of the last 12 months sleeping outdoors, in shelter, or in a place not fit for human habitation.
Episodic homelessness: experiencing 3 separate periods over the last 12 months sleeping outdoors, in shelter, or in a place not fit for human habitation.