The winter is hard for people who are homeless or precariously sheltered. Exposure to cold can be uncomfortable, but it can also result in more serious health problems such as frostbite or hypothermia, which can be life-threatening. Signs of frostbite include skin looking waxy or taking on a white, grayish-yellow appearance. Skin may also blister when thawed. Extreme frostbite requires immediate medical attention. If you notice someone with extreme frostbite, call 911 immediately.
In order to make sure that people have a place to sleep during extreme cold weather, End Homelessness Winnipeg and a number of front-line organizations have developed an Extreme Cold Weather Response plan. An up-to-date list of overnight warming shelters/centres, outreach vans and foot patrols in Winnipeg can be found here. If you, someone you know, or someone you meet, needs a place to sleep on a cold night, this map will show you the options that are available.
The Winnipeg Outreach Network has created a physical pamphlet of resources to help street-involved youth and adults find resources without requiring internet access. You can print your own copy or obtain a copy through the Winnipeg Outreach Network. It can be easily folded and carried in a jacket pocket.
We will continually update this blog as we are informed of changes in programming or are notified of additional resources. For up-to-date information, please revisit this page.
For individual services, see the website links below or visit the 211 Manitoba home page and select the “Housing and Homelessness” tile.
Overnight Shelters, Warming Centres & 24-hour Safe Spaces
Note: Be sure to phone each agency for availability.
1JustCity Inc. – Just a Warm Sleep (opening date not yet confirmed)
Youth Resources in Winnipeg
Mobile Outreach Vans & Foot Patrols
Community Homeless Assistance Team Foot Patrol
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Outreach Van