An initiative called Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is giving over $1 million to agencies in Winnipeg that are helping end homelessness.

A call was put out by End Homelessness Winnipeg, alongside Service Canada and the Community Advisory Board for Reaching Home for agencies to fill out an application last month. 

The idea of the application is to help these agencies in light of people experiencing homelessness on top of the winter weather and pandemic. 

The following agencies have been awarded a total of $1,439,343 for this initiative:

"We know that homelessness prevention, shelter diversion and rapid re-housing will help to mitigate the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on homelessness in Winnipeg," said End Homelessness Winnipeg CEO, Lucille Bruce.

"By supporting this work, as well as drop-in spaces and basic needs for people experiencing homelessness, our community will be better able to weather the second wave of COVID-19," she says. 

The federal government announced in September that a total of $236.7 million would be dispersed across Canada in this initiative.