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Proud of students helping the homeless
The results are in: Environment Canada tells us this has been the worst winter since 1979! Winnipeg’s snow blanket has been thick and the cold has been positively painful.
Especially in a winter season as harsh as this one past, my heart goes out to the less fortunate in this city who struggle to keep a roof over their head. With that in mind, I want to take a moment to highlight some good work being done by a group of more than a dozen students at the University of Manitoba this week. They are working together to organize an event called 5 Days for the Homeless.
5 Days for the Homeless is a nationwide campaign to increase awareness about homelessness and raise funds to help those in need. Participating groups of students commit to living a "homeless lifestyle" on the campuses of their universities. For five days, five local students have volunteered to go without showers or warm places to sleep and to eat only what food is donated to them directly, all the while attending their classes and completing their assignments. This year’s campaign began on March 9 and lasts until March 14.
The proceeds raised by the University of Manitoba’s chapter of 5 Days for the Homeless will go to Resource Assistance for Youth, a local charity that helps homeless young people in Winnipeg with health services, basic needs, and programs to help find a job. Organizers are hoping to outdo their record last year of raising nearly $27,000 for this worthwhile cause.
I’m proud of the work that these young adults are doing to help the community. Through their efforts, they will be helping others who may be down on their luck to get back on their feet. But they’re not in this alone. One thing I hope to see sooner than later is for the government to raise the EIA rental allowance to make housing more affordable. There has been no increase to the housing allowance in more than 15 years, yet the cost of housing has increased substantially. I hope to work with my colleagues from all parties to make this change that will relieve homelessness and make housing more affordable those in genuine need.
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