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New gazebo at Ten Ten Sinclair

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For people living with a physical disability, living on your own presents unique challenges.  

Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc. is an innovative organization that helps people with disabilities overcome these challenges by providing affordable and accessible housing, as well as support services.

Through the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program (WCIP), our government is investing $7.5 million in community centres, parks, trails, and arenas throughout the city.  Earlier this year Ten Ten Sinclair received a $25,000 WCIP grant to build more accessible outdoor space for its residents.  Currently residents enjoy watching the goldfish swim in the pond, or just relaxing to the soothing sounds of the waterfall.  The raised flower beds allow residents to touch and feel the flowers, as well as garden from a seated position. The WCIP grant will allowTen Ten Sinclair to add an accessible gazebo space so that residents can have a great outdoor space to enjoy the warm weather during spring and summer, or socialize with friends and family. This wheelchair-accessible space will allow residents to enjoy the great outdoors in a way they haven’t in the past.

Housing for Manitobans with disabilities hasn’t always been as strong as it is today. According to Ten Ten Sinclair’s website, In the early 1970s, community agencies began to voice concerns that there weren’t enough housing options for young people with physical disabilities. At the time, many young Manitobans with physical disabilities lived in either personal care homes, room-and-board situations or with their parents. Even when individuals were well cared for, these living environments did not give individuals many opportunities to plan for and take control over their own lives.

That’s when Luther Home Corporation, the Manitoba Division of the Canadian Paraplegic Association, joined together with people with disabilities and community groups to explore different housing models that would meet their needs. The outcome was the opening of the transitional housing complex Ten Ten Sinclair in July of 1975.

Their most important objective is focusing on the independent living philosophy, which is about helping people with disabilities live on their own. While many different groups now do this work, Ten Ten Sinclair continues to be a leader in developing housing to specifically meet the needs of younger people with disabilities.  

If you would like to learn more about the great services offered by Ten Ten Sinclair or about the WCIP grants our government has provided to help community organizations, please call my office at 204-334-5060 or email me at Dave.Chomiak@yourmanitoba.ca. 

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