Homeless strategy called solid
May 2nd, 2014

Winnipeg Free Press – PRINT EDITION

By: Kevin Rollason

Posted: 04/30/2014

Governments, advocates back innovative approach

Robert Brown used to spend his days wandering the streets and waiting until the Salvation Army’s Booth Centre opened so he could spend the night there.

Darrell Felix’s days were similar, but he would spend the night at Siloam Mission.

Two men, two lives, but one solution: first get them off the streets into a home they can call their own and then initiate other programs to help them.

Both Brown, who is now in the At Home/Chez Soi housing initiative, and Felix, who lives in Siloam’s Madison Lodge, say they have more control of their lives now that they are in housing and off the streets.

“It has helped me,” Brown said. “I’m 60 years old and I have my first birth certificate and I have a place to stay that is safe.”

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