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 Project

    The Tenant Organizing Project works to empower tenants to protect and promote decent, safe, secure, and affordable housing in West Broadway and the inner city.

  • Property Improvement Program

    West Broadway Community Organization provides small exterior fix-up grants for properties in the West Broadway neighbourhood. These types of housing improvements increase longevity of an aging housing stock, retain historical character of buildings, enhance streetscape beautification, and foster sustainability through energy efficiency measures.

  • Rooming House Advocacy

    Rooming houses are a complex and important form of tenure for our neighbourhood, particularly for residents with modest incomes or challenging rental histories. WBCO is committed to working with tenants, landlords, neighbours, researchers and local government to improve the physical and social conditions of these buildings and to support those already operating at a high standard.

  • 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, links to public services, and a modest amount of prevention and monitoring equipment.

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    Tenant Advice Service

    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.