Main homelessness vote at Winnipeg Metropolis Corridor

WINNIPEG – The city’s planning, property and development committee will vote today on the sale of land to an organization that builds homes for homeless war veterans.

Homes For Heroes has long tried to get to Winnipeg, but the officials here weren’t exactly welcoming.

Founder Dave Howard says his group has been working for two and a half years and while still hopeful, he becomes frustrated.

H4H has a formula for success and has villages in other cities across the country including Calgary, Edmonton, Kingston and Halifax.

When councilors say no, Howard says they will focus their efforts elsewhere.

He points out that the cost to taxpayers of someone who lives on the street is $ 80,000, more than the cost of housing and providing social assistance.

If the idea is approved at committee level, it goes to the full council for a vote.

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