WINNIPEG — The province of Manitoba is investing $3 million to expand the Siloam Mission in Winnipeg by 50 beds.
Manitoba Families Minister Scott Fielding announced Aug. 14 that the government will provide $3 million for the capital project, which includes $2 million in provincial funding and $1 million through the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing agreement.
The money will be used to create a service-based campus at the mission, with a two-storey link between the existing shelter building at 300 Princess St. and a 400-seat dining area currently under construction at 303 Stanley Ave.
"Today is a great day for Siloam Mission. With the government's investment, we will have surpassed our 70 per cent fundraising benchmark and will be able to put a shovel in the ground to start construction of the new link building this fall. This expansion will 'make room' so that no one is turned away who needs a bed and women will have a private area so they feel safe," Siloam Mission chief executive officer Jim Bell said in a press release.
The expansion will create space for approximately 50 new overnight shelter beds, with 33 beds dedicated for use by women, and will create new space for Siloam's health services, administrative and volunteer resource areas.
"Everyone deserves access to a safe place to stay and ensuring housing for Manitoba's most vulnerable populations is a priority for our government," added Fielding. "This investment will enable Siloam Mission to support more people as they find stability to get back on their feet and specifically help women through the emphasis on dedicated beds."