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'No room at the inn in Manitoba' for needy

Christmas Eve trek stresses need for affordable housing

In the West Broadway neighbourhood Christmas Eve, members of the West Broadway Community Ministry stop at John Schwandt's  house looking for a place to stay in a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's biblical search for shelter. The ministry group, including three supporting churches (Young United, Hope Mennonite and All Saints Anglican) went out on Christmas Eve in search of affordable housing for baby Jesus. In the Mexican tradition of La Posada, they knocked on doors in search of a room but were turned away at each one. This year there was a political twist to the proceedings, focusing on the lack of housing for the poor in Manitoba.  (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
No room at the inn
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Members of West Broadway Community Ministry stop at Kelly Ross' West Broadway house in the Mexican tradition of La Posada on Tuesday evening. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of the West Broadway Community Ministry look for a place to stay during a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's biblical search for shelter. The ministry group, including three supporting churches (Young United, Hope Mennonite and All Saints Anglican) went out on Christmas Eve in search of affordable housing for baby Jesus. In the Mexican tradition of La Posada, they knocked on doors in search of a room but were turned away at each one. This year there was a political twist to the proceedings, focusing on the lack of housing for the poor in Manitoba.  (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of the West Broadway Community Ministry draw attention to the plight of those searching for affordable housing in Winnipeg as they re-enact Joseph and Mary's biblical search for shelter Christmas Eve. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
A Winnipeg neighbourhood turned cold for members of the West Broadway Community Ministry, whose symbolic Christmas Eve door-knocking in the tradition of La Posada highlighted a need for more affordable housing in the city. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
Following the tradition of Mary and Joseph's biblical trek, members of the West Broadway Community Ministry search for a room on Christmas Eve but are turned away from each one. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of West Broadway Community Ministry and its three supporting churches played instruments during a 45-minute walk to re-enact a biblical search for shelter Christmas Eve. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
In the West Broadway neighbourhood Christmas Eve, members of the West Broadway Community Ministry stop at John Schwandt's house looking for a place to stay in a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's biblical search for shelter. The ministry group, including three supporting churches (Young United, Hope Mennonite and All Saints Anglican) went out on Christmas Eve in search of affordable housing for baby Jesus. In the Mexican tradition of La Posada, they knocked on doors in search of a room but were turned away at each one. This year there was a political twist to the proceedings, focusing on the lack of housing for the poor in Manitoba. - (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of West Broadway Community Ministry stop at Kelly Ross' West Broadway house in the Mexican tradition of La Posada on Tuesday evening. - (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of the West Broadway Community Ministry look for a place to stay during a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's biblical search for shelter. The ministry group, including three supporting churches (Young United, Hope Mennonite and All Saints Anglican) went out on Christmas Eve in search of affordable housing for baby Jesus. In the Mexican tradition of La Posada, they knocked on doors in search of a room but were turned away at each one. This year there was a political twist to the proceedings, focusing on the lack of housing for the poor in Manitoba. - (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of the West Broadway Community Ministry draw attention to the plight of those searching for affordable housing in Winnipeg as they re-enact Joseph and Mary's biblical search for shelter Christmas Eve. - (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
A Winnipeg neighbourhood turned cold for members of the West Broadway Community Ministry, whose symbolic Christmas Eve door-knocking in the tradition of La Posada highlighted a need for more affordable housing in the city. - (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
Following the tradition of Mary and Joseph's biblical trek, members of the West Broadway Community Ministry search for a room on Christmas Eve but are turned away from each one. - (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of West Broadway Community Ministry and its three supporting churches played instruments during a 45-minute walk to re-enact a biblical search for shelter Christmas Eve. - (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

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