Housing Initiatives

West Broadway Housing Plan Coordination

The new Five-Year Neighbourhood Housing Plan Draft has been released! The 2021-2026 Plan is the fifth of its kind in West Broadway, documenting the hopes and priorities of hundreds of community members, and captured in a year’s worth of consultation efforts. West Broadway Community Organization 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.

2021-2026 Draft Plan

With generous support from the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, WBCO, and the Project Steering Committee representing the many demographics and unique perspectives of the neighbourhood, WBCO is pleased to present the 2021-2026 Neighbourhood Housing Plan Draft. LAHRK Consultants were hired by the Steering Committee to conduct an extensive consultation and research effort.

The draft is available here:

WB 2021 Housing Plan Draft

We welcome comments on this draft. Please send feedback to housing@westbroadway.mb.ca

Housing Plan 2021-2026 Executive Summary

West Broadway Community Organization reviewed and updated the West Broadway housing plan. The review and consultation took place from February 2020 to February 2021.

The process included:

  1. A review of the existing documents – West Broadway Housing Plan 2016-2020, West Broadway Community Plan, West Broadway Meth Strategy,
  2. A review of the community statistics and census data
  3. Public consultation – community survey, interviews and focus groups, windshield scan
  4. Research – other housing plans, other community plans and other relevant documents

The statistics revealed that:

  • West Broadway is a low-income neighbourhood with almost half of the population falling below the low-income cut-off
  • West Broadway is a densely populated neighbourhood – with a population that is 3 times more dense that the city as a whole
  • People in West Broadway are more likely to use alternative methods of transportation: 95 times more likely to walk, 8 times more likely to bike and twice as likely to use public transit than the city as a whole
  • West Broadway has a significantly higher number of renters
  • West Broadway housing stock is older
  • Recent surge in new buildings – primarily apartments

The consultation revealed:

  • Respondents love the West Broadway Community – they liked the location, people and services
  • There is a demand for more affordable housing
  • There is a need for different styles of housing for different groups such as seniors, newcomers, and those who lacking housing. There is a need for supports such as grants to fix up older housing and education.
  • There is an imbalance between population density and amount of services (such as garbage pick-up, snow removal, community services)

This housing plan identified three priorities:

  1. Improve access to affordable housing/ lower cost of housing
  2. Improve quality of housing
  3. Improve civic infrastructure and services

The plan includes nine strategies to help meet the priority. Each strategy has a number of steps and actions to help meet the strategy. The steps include providing education, working with the City and Province to create necessary housing and housing supports.

The nine strategies are:

Strategy A: Encourage development that builds a complete and sustainable community, fits with the neighbourhood and meets community needs.

Strategy B: Work to create new affordable housing units and units based on EIA rates.

Strategy C: Coordinate resources to retain and regenerate existing housing.

Strategy D: Gather, map and share housing data and information to assist in plan implementation, evaluation, program development and advocacy.

Strategy E: Provide educational opportunities to support newcomers, residents, owners and landlords.

Strategy F: Increase diversity of housing options and supports for seniors, families, newcomers and people with disabilities.

Strategy G: Improve access to housing, services and programs for those experiencing homelessness.

Strategy H: Coordinate resources to improve neighbourhood safety.

Strategy J: Continue to build community and to build effective community institutions