Housing initiative to help those in recovery.

Last fall I stopped by for the official opening of a special thrift store in Rossmere dedicated to funding addictions recovery. Later on I was also privileged to attend a joint announcement by Winnipeg Supportive Housing Inc. and Riverwood Community Church who are launching a capital campaign to fund Riverwood House, a multi-million dollar housing initiative to help people in recovery from addictions and mental health challenges.

This sort of good news without a doubt flows out of a tremendous amount of behind the scenes effort by individuals and groups dedicated to serving others. More hard work and partnering with government is vital in order to help plans begin to bear fruit in reality.

I have also enjoyed my meetings and dialogues with representatives from Dignity House, Finding Freedom/Re:Act and many others actively addressing mental health and addiction free living in and beyond Rossmere. While it is heart-breaking to review concerns that arise, it is also inspiring and humbling to witness care and recovery which is also part of the story.

Before Christmas I reached out to several organizations in Rossmere about a Manitoba government initiative announced that will see a request for proposals (RFP) to add 100 supportive recovery beds to the health-care system as part of its continuing efforts to strengthen mental health and addictions services.

The RFP will be posted this year. Successful organizations will receive provincial funding to contribute to capital and operational costs, with awards being finalized in the spring. Currently, seven organizations receive provincial funding to provide supportive recovery housing for a combined 174 individuals per year.  The 100 additional bed announcement marks the 12th significant mental health and addictions initiative of the Manitoba government in the latter part of 2019 and brings the total new investment to approximately $20.6 million.

It’s important to remember that both rural and urban programming for mental health and addictions services is being considered and that current commitments also include proactive initiatives for youth. More details are available. If you’d like to contact my office please visit andrewmicklefield.com. Andrew Micklefield is MLA for Rossmere


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