By Tyler Sutherland
A new transitional housing complex opened Thursday to give young at-risk men somewhere to call home before ending up on the streets.
Pan Am Place is a branch of Pan Am Boxing & Athletic Club on McDermot Avenue and will provide housing and services to at-risk men between the ages of 18-24.
Two men currently call Pan Am Place home, which will strive to provide a healthy living environment with education, nutrition and food safety, weekly boxing training and other recreational activities.
“The model is referred to as “home” and “family,” and we offer this to young men in Winnipeg who have neither,” said Harry Black, president of Pan Am Boxing and Pan Am Place. “We are very excited to finally open for business — the business of helping and working with approximately 30 men annually move on with their lives towards independent living.”
The city and federal government contributed a combined $398,092 in funding towards the three-year project.