Free and low-cost counselling and mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Are you having challenges with mental health or with dealing with all the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, you are not alone! This has been a difficult time for many of us. For example, a recent survey suggested that 80% of people in Italy need mental health support to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

There are a number of free and low-cost resources that are available to people in Winnipeg during the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for a list of free and low-cost counselling and mental health supports.

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Annual General Meeting June 11, 2020

The West Broadway Community Organization (WBCO) Board of Directors invites you to attend WBCO’s 2020 Annual General Meeting –  Thursday, June 11 at 6pm

Due to COVID19 social distancing guidelines, we will be hosting this meeting by video conference. If you live, work, or volunteer in  West Broadway and would like to attend the meeting, please email Executive Director, Greg MacPherson at director@westbroadway.mb.ca 

Instructions will be sent to you explaining how to participate. View the Board’s full invitation letter here Invitation to AGM 2020

Take part in West Broadway Spring Clean up: Physical Distanced Edition

We invite you to participate in the West Broadway Spring Clean-Up. While we cannot hold an event as in previous years, you can still show your community pride by pitching in to clean the neighbourhood on your own time (6 feet apart from your friends). Come to the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre (185 Young Street) garage between Tuesday, May 12th to Saturday, May 16th from 10am to 12pm to pick up supplies and information on how to clean safely. You can use these supplies to clean up the neighbourhood throughout the week. The first 200 people that come by can sign-up to receive a free specially designed West Broadway t-shirt. Post a photo of yourself (and family/friends) cleaning the neighbourhood and use the hashtag #westbroadwaybeautiful.Thanks for your help to make West Broadway an awesome place to live, work, and visit!

Proudly supported by: Art City, Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, Good Food Club, Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY), Bear Clan Patrol West Broadway, West Broadway BIZ, West Broadway Community Organization, Wolseley Family Place, Councillor Sherri Rollins, RDW Recycling and Bin Rentals Ltd., and Take Pride Winnipeg!.

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West Broadway Spring Clean Up
May 12th – May 16th, 2020
Physical Distanced Edition

Pick up supplies and information from the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre garage (185 Young Street) between 10am and 12pm.
The first 200 people can sign up to receive a specially designed West Broadway t-shirt.
Clean on your own time, six feet apart from your friends!
Post a photo and use the hashtag #westbroadwaybeautiful

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Spring Clean-up Postponed

The West Broadway Spring Clean-up event is on hold because of COVID-19!
In the meantime, here’s what you can do if you notice garbage piling up in West Broadway:
– Call 311 to have large and bulky garbage removed
– Contact the West Broadway Community Organization’s Safety Coordinator at community@westbroadway.mb.ca or (431) 335-6299, and we will be working with the city to get smaller garbage cleaned up.
If you can, stay home and stay safe!

Important MB Hydro information

Manitoba Hydro has discontinued all service disconnections related to overdue accounts until further notice. This means that Manitoba Hydro will not cut off your power if you cannot pay your bill.

Manitoba Hydro’s full response to COVID-19 is available here: https://www.hydro.mb.ca/covid19/

The Tenancy Improvement Program drop-in is currently unavailable due to COVID-19. You can reach the Tenant Support Worker by calling (431) 334-9930 or by emailing
tenants@westbroadway.mb.ca

Please reach out if your power is disconnected or your rental unit is too cold. Landlords must always make sure that the temperature in the rental unit meets the minimum requirements (at all times, not just during COVID-19!). From 7:00AM until 11:00PM, the temperature must be at least 21ºC. From 11:00PM until 7:00AM, the temperature can’t be lower than 18.3ºC.

Important information for tenants

The Province of Manitoba has released important information for tenants. Due to COVID-19, the Residential Tenancies Branch (RTB) and Residential Tenancies Commission (RTC) will postpone all non-urgent eviction hearings until May 31. The situation will be monitored to determine if additional adjustments are required. During this time, evictions will only be issued for serious issues affecting health and safety. Rent increases are frozen from April 1 until further notice. The full statement is available here.

The Tenancy Improvement Program drop-in is currently unavailable due to COVID-19. You can reach the Tenant Support Worker by calling (431) 334-9930 or by emailing
tenants@westbroadway.mb.ca

Renting: Essential Information

West Broadway Community Organization will be holding two workshops on essential information for tenants.

February 21 will focus on rental rights. Come learn about your rights as a renter! If there is a problem in your apartment, such as pests, need for repairs, or conflict with your landlord, there will be housing staff available to talk one-on-one after the workshop.

February 24 will focus on Rent Assist. Having trouble paying your rent? Come learn about Rent Assist, a financial benefit available to low-income renters. If you would like to apply for Rent Assist, there will be housing staff available after the workshop to help you with application forms.

Both workshops will run from 10:00-11:00 at 222 Furby (Crossways in Common) in the 2nd floor boardroom. Free to attend!

Accessibility Information: The space is accessible by an elevator and stairs. Washrooms are not gendered. Childcare is available on site through Wolseley Family Place, on a first come, first served basis. Both workshops are free to attend. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided during the workshops. Free lunch is available after the workshops, from 12:30-1:30, at the community drop-in on the first floor.

Thank you to everyone involved: Wolseley Family Place and Crossways in Common. Thank you to our funders: Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg.

Facebook event linked here.

Poster for printing linked here.