Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson and Families Minister Rochelle Squires announced Friday that the province is providing more than $150,000 to Samaritan House’s Safe and Warm Shelter to operate an overflow warming space this winter to meet increased demand for emergency housing.

Premier Stefanson says that the announcement builds on the province's ongoing efforts to help make communities safe by addressing and preventing homelessness with new investments for community organizations that support our most vulnerable citizens.

“We recognize there is an urgent need for additional support. We are listening and we are acting,” Stefanson adds.

According to the premier, Samaritan House provides emergency shelter services for people experiencing homelessness in Brandon and provides bedding, food, and toiletries.

She says that the new funding will enable Samaritan House to create a warming space where individuals can stay when the shelter is at capacity, ensuring that everyone has a safe place to spend the night.

Minister Rochelle Squires says that the provincial government understands that as winter approaches, unhoused individuals in Manitoba face increased risk due to a lack of appropriate shelter.

“The funding announced... will ensure Samaritan House’s Safe and Warm Shelter in Brandon will not have to turn anyone away,” Squires adds.

More information can be found on the Province of Manitoba website.