Scott Gillingham says he will get money to build a new 24-hour safe space in the North End neighborhood if he is elected mayor this fall.
St. James councilor made the announcement Wednesday morning in front of the Magnus Eliasson Recreation Center on Langside Street in Winnipeg’s West End.
They also committed to expanding funding for that site and another core-area safe space by 2026 and increasing the amount of funding.
He also said that as mayor, he would ensure funding for the third safe space in the North End neighborhood, but would not say specifically how much he expected the funding increase, or how he would get the extra room. city budget.
The WE-24 program, which operates a West End safe space outside the Magnus Eliasson Recreation Center, seeks to provide 24-hour services. Right now, it only has the resources to run overnight.
Velma House, a women’s safe space on West Broadway, is also expected to be 24 hours a day.
The two programs depend partly on city funding, but it is set to end next year. Gillingham said he would extend it for another three years if elected.
“WE-24 and Velma House are on the front lines working with individuals providing safe haven,” Gillingham said in an interview.
“These types of partnerships and additional partnerships are important to us to meet the needs of our community.”
The city’s efforts can only go further when it comes to addictions, distress and housing resources, he said, but he plans to find new ways to drive change.
“We can’t expect anything to change for a long time if we’re just moving homeless people and homeless people out of a park or underpass or bus shelter, only to force them to another public place,” he said. Told.
Gillingham, who is currently the councilor of St James, is one of nine people who have now registered a mayoral campaign.
Other Biosystems engineer Idris Ademuiva Adelkun, former Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari, grocery worker Chris Clasio, former provincial policy advisor Sean Looney, business advisor Jenny Motkaluk, former Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellett, Wilderness Supply owner Rick Schon and security company owner Huh. Don Woodstock.
Municipal elections are on 26 October.