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 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.
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 (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.
The tenant advice project is a drop-in service that allows all West Broadway tenants to meet in person with our advisor regarding their tenancy issues. These might include notice of rent increases, maintenance, pest control, eviction, and other questions related to tenancy rights and responsibilities and housing services.