Siloam Mission is embarking on a plan to create 500 homes and 500 jobs for Manitoba’s homeless.

The campaign, dubbed Vision 500, kicked off at the Convention Centre Thursday morning.

Hundreds of business owners, agency directors, academics and other Winnipeggers gathered for an early breakfast to hear the shelter’s five-year plan for the project.

Siloam Mission’s executive director, Floyd Perras, said the agency’s volunteers will play a major role in the project.

"[They’re] building community and making people feel valuable and feel like they still have a future," said Perras.

The mission has already been buying property in Winnipeg’s core area. Under the plan, low-income clients of Siloam will get a place to live and an opportunity for employment.