Social Agencies Launch Homelessness Awareness Week

A homeless Winnipeg man begs for change downtown in this file photo. (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA)

September 24 to 28 marks the first annual Homelessness Awareness Week, where a coalition of Winnipeg social agency providers have come together to encourage citizens to learn more about homelessness and poverty issues in our city.

A series of workshops, films and tours will be led by people who have experienced homelessness and social agencies. The goal is to inform, discuss and engage the community on homelessness issues and to create solutions. Participants will tour downtown back alleys with youth, experience a simulation of the difficulties associated with navigating homelessness systems, view art created by people in the city experiencing homelessness, and engage in Q&A sessions about the issues.

“Just as poverty and homelessness affect everyone in Winnipeg, everyone needs to be a part of the solution,” said Christina Maes Nino, policy analyst at the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. “Awareness is the first step towards developing and ultimately implementing those meaningful solutions together.”

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