Manitoba Daily

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

During a snowfall, the Main Street Project has additional challenges when helping the homeless

During the blizzard, the Main Street Project faces additional difficulties in aiding the homeless.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Main Street Project is well-known for supporting Winnipeg’s homeless population during times of hardship, and this spring storm is no exception.
  • As a result of the outage, a portion of the shelter’s operations were temporarily shifted to 324 Logan while emergency repairs were made.

The Main Street Project is well-known for assisting Winnipeg’s homeless population through difficult times, and this spring storm is no exception.

However, the group has faced some additional challenges due to the snow.

“Our sewage line beneath Logan Avenue collapsed about a week ago…

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We couldn’t turn on the water since there was nowhere for it to go, “Jamil Mahmood, the executive director of Main Street Project, echoed this sentiment.

As a result of the outage, the shelter temporarily relocated a portion of its operations to 324 Logan while emergency repairs were done.

On Wednesday afternoon, Main Street Project began diverting people back to its original shelter.

Extra staff has also been carried in to assist individuals in getting out of the rain.

During the blizzard, the Main Street Project faces additional difficulties in aiding the homeless.
During the blizzard, the Main Street Project faces additional difficulties in aiding the homeless. Image from The Globe and The Mail

“The first task is to alert people that a storm is approaching. Make sure everyone has enough food and water to last a couple of days. If people aren’t going to come inside, make sure they’re tightly enclosed, and then establish those linkages for ‘here’s all the places you can go.’ ‘Here’s our number, and we’ll be there if you need us.'”

The shelter’s outreach vehicle is open 24 hours a day and ready to assist anyone who needs it.

If residents in Winnipeg require assistance, they are urged to contact the shelter so that the van can assist them.

If anyone requires assistance, they can phone 204-232-5217.

According to Main Street Project, the shelter may also use any additional donations, such as warm clothing or cash, to continue to assist those affected by the weather.

Source: CTV News

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