Did you know Stats Canada data shows 57% of youth 15-30 years old live with a parent? Youth from CFS care are expected to live independently by 21 years of age. Our youth from care deserve more supports!
In January of 2021, Shawenim Abinoojii Inc (SAI) purchased an abandoned apartment block at 126/140 Alfred Avenue, in the North Point Douglas Community of Winnipeg. Construction is set to begin in April 2021. Our vision is to revitalize this apartment to become affordable housing for youth and young adults impacted by the Child Welfare System. We hope to reinvigorate life into this beautiful property while providing a critical resources for our young people.
Through this opportunity, SAI will be able to offer 18 units of Indigenous-owned and operated housing up to 24 to youth and young adults in and from care. In addition to housing, this site will offer a range of employment and transition supports, available to tenants as well as to program participants living in the community such as:
Of the 11,000 children in care in Manitoba, aprx 90% are Indigenous. In the WPG Street Census 2018, 1,519 people were identified as experiencing homelessness; 455 of those were youth 29 and under. Of those surveyed, 65.9% were Indigenous and 51.5% had formerly been in CFS care. It is believed these numbers are an underestimate. Through our daily work, we know that many youth exiting agency care, young parents, and those coming to Winnipeg from their First Nation Community face barriers to finding safe, affordable, and supportive housing. This has contributed to an overrepresentation of youth from care experiencing homelessness in the city of Winnipeg.
We are honoured to have the opportunity to develop this critically needed resource to support our relatives and our community members through what is often a difficult transition in their lives. We invite you to help support us in this heart work.
All donations of $25 and over made through Hockey Helps the Homeless will receive a tax receipt.
Those wishing to donate directly to Shawenim Abinoojii Inc can issue a cheque (memo: 126 Alfred Avenue) to Shawenim Abinoojii Inc at 1386 Main Street, WPG MB, R2W 3V1. Note that donations made directly to SAI will *not* receive a tax receipt.
Please help us reach our goal!
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Miigwetch! (Thank You!)