Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata and Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY) will be given more than $1.5 million to create new resources to support high-risk youth during emergencies, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said Thursday.

Both organizations help youth "stabilize their lives and give them the supports they need to succeed in school and build bright futures," said a provincial government news release.

"Youth with complex needs face daily challenges most of us couldn't imagine and success starts with safe, stable housing," Irvin-Ross said in the news release.

"These new programs will help these community organizations provide safe, stable and supported housing for youth with complex needs so they can better support them and the community."

The new money will help RaY expand its emergency shelter and transition program, said the province.

That includes the creation of seven units with educational, employment and cultural supports to help youth in care transition into adulthood, the release said.

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, in collaboration with Pathways to Education, will receive government funding for its Youth Housing Program.

It will offer a long-term, supportive living program for indigenous youth and young adults in Winnipeg who are at risk of dropping out of high school.

The new program will start with six beds, with an additional eight beds being added in 2017, the release said.