Siloam Mission scales back expansion plans after funding fails to materialize

Siloam Mission, one of Winnipeg's largest homeless shelters, is scaling back its expansion plans after funding sources failed to materialize.

One of Winnipeg's largest homeless shelters failed to secure funding for expansion plans

Siloam Mission unveiled new expansion plans to Winnipeg's executive policy committee Tuesday morning. (CBC)

Siloam Mission, Winnipeg's largest homeless shelter, is scaling back its expansion plans after funding sources failed to materialize.

In 2014, the organization announced a $30.5-million expansion plan that included plans to expand seats for meals, beds at the shelter and units at its supportive housing location.

It presented amended plans Tuesday to the city's executive policy committee in an effort to secure $3 million in funding for the expansion.

The new plans dramatically reduce the housing component.

Under the new plan, the shelter hopes to increase the number of beds by 36, as well as add a separate women's area for safety.

Floyd Perras, the shelter's executive director, said the shelter currently turns away 10 to 34 people per night.

They also want to increase the number of seats for meals from 150 to 550. Perras said hundreds line up for meals three times a day at the shelter.

He asked EPC for $3 million over five years. If secured, the shelter will have to raise about $10.4 million more.


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