Housing Initiatives

For many decades West Broadway residents, businesses, faith groups, and social service organizations have organized and worked together to address local housing issues. A rich history of activism and personal investment, West Broadway has seen many changes since WBCO incorporated in 1997, and local stakeholders continue to recognize the provision and maintenance of safe, affordable housing as a top neighbourhood priority. This is an ongoing struggle; maintaining an aging housing stock, encouraging infill development while ensuring a foothold for residents with modest incomes. With its walkable streets, proximity to schools, daycares, programs, transit routes, and countless amenities, there are few areas of Winnipeg that offer a higher standard of living for those with limited means.

A new Five-Year Neighbourhood Housing Plan was released in 2021, the fifth of its kind in West Broadway, documenting the hopes and priorities of hundreds of community members, captured in a year’s worth of consultation efforts. WBCO continues to work with partner organizations, housing providers, developers, the three levels of government, and tenants groups to promote local planning goals and ensure a strong community voice in public decision making. WBCO also maintains a small Housing Department, supporting these efforts and delivering the following initiatives.

  • West Broadway Housing Plan Coordination

    West Broadway Community Organization facilitates neighbourhood consultation efforts every five years; combining the documented values and priorities of community members with housing data, statistics, and extensive research. This process, undertaken with the generous support of local government, provides West Broadway’s housing stakeholders with a detailed guide of our community’s housing-related goals and preferred actions moving forward.

  • Housing Workshops

    West Broadway Community Organization (WBCO) provides workshops, seminars, and public meetings on a wide range of topics relating to housing. If you are a tenant, landlord, non-profit housing provider, homeowner or student, please check back to this page often or contact WBCO’s Housing Coordinator to be notified of upcoming events.

  • Tenant Organizing

    WBCO's Tenant Organizer supports the formation of tenant associations to help tenants build community and find collective solutions to housing struggles.

  • Property Improvement Program

    West Broadway Community Organization provides small grants for the improvement of properties in need throughout the West Broadway neighbourhood and in support of the 2023-2027 West Broadway Community Plan. The Property Improvement Program looks to: support improvements of the longevity of our aging housing stock; retain historical character of key neighbourhood buildings; enhance streetscape beautification and overall physical look of our neighbourhood; while fostering sustainability through improved energy efficiency measures.

  • West Broadway Housing Stakeholders Committee

    West Broadway Housing Stakeholders Committee (WBHSC) is a regular forum for discussion, input, collaboration and guidance on local housing issues and proposed housing developments. If you are a developer seeking community support or if you are a resident with concerns, please contact us.

  • Bed Bug Supports

    West Broadway Community Organization (WBCO) provides supports for community members dealing with bed bug infestations. We offer information packages, advocacy and mediation support, and a modest amount of prevention and monitoring equipment.

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    Tenancy Advice

    Our tenant advisor is available to all West Broadway residents. Tenants can meet with staff by appointment or drop-in to receive advice on tenancy issues. These might include notice of rent increases, maintenance requests, pest control, eviction, and other questions related to tenancy rights and responsibilities. Housing search drop-in hours are available Mondays and Wednesday from 1-4pm.