COVID 19 is disproportionately impacting people living with low incomes and without housing. Help support these community members now by telling the Manitoba government to take action.
What's the situation?
The Manitoba government put in place an eviction ban in the spring to respond to the pandemic. This ban was lifted in October as infection rates were rising throughout Manitoba and continue to grow now.
Many households are living with reduced incomes as a result of the pandemic making it difficult to keep up with rent payments. The lifting of the eviction ban has led to increased homelessness and deaths.
COVID-19 is running rampant among people who are not housed. Dedicated isolation spaces for people without homes have already reached capacity putting more people at risk of contracting and spreading the virus.
This is not the time to be evicting people from their homes.
We are in this crisis in part because our governments have failed to provide an adequate supply of safe and affordable housing for people with low incomes. Manitoba must act now to prevent things from getting worse.
What's happened so far?
On November 10th, we sent a letter to the Premier, Minister of Families, and the Manitoba Government calling for urgent action to avoid a humanitarian and poverty crisis - and support those struggling with poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of our calls was an immediate action that the government of Manitoba can take - Reinstate the provincial eviction ban to prevent homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But more voices are needed to bring back the eviction ban!
What can you do? Take Action Now!
Call or email the the Premier of Manitoba and your MLA and ask them to commit to reinstating the provincial eviction ban to prevent homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic and share the key messages above (and any other information or stories that you want to add). Use the Subject Line: "Reinstate the Eviction Ban - Urgent Action to Avoid Humanitarian and Poverty Crisis"
- Premier: 204-945-3714 or Premier@leg.gov.mb.ca
- Don't know your MLA? Find your MLA and their contact info using this resource here.
Tweet at the Premier of Manitoba (@BrianPallister), Minister of Families (@MLAStefanson), and your MLA with the following message:
"I call on you to commit to reinstating eviction ban to prevent homelessness, avoid a humanitarian/poverty crisis during pandemic. #mbpoli #EvictionBanMB #kNOwPoverty"
Alphabetical List by Members’ Name:
|ASAGWARA, Uzoma||Union Station||NDP|
|CLARKE, Hon. Eileen||Agassiz||PC|
|COX, Hon. Cathy||Kildonan-River East||PC|
|CULLEN, Hon. Cliff||Spruce Woods||PC|
|DRIEDGER, Hon. Myrna||Roblin||PC|
|EICHLER, Hon. Ralph||Lakeside||PC|
|EWASKO, Wayne||Lac du Bonnet||PC|
|FIELDING, Hon. Scott||Kirkfield Park||PC|
|FONTAINE, Nahanni||St. Johns||NDP|
|FRIESEN, Hon. Cameron||Morden-Winkler||PC|
|GERRARD, Hon. Jon||River Heights||IND LIB|
|GOERTZEN, Hon. Kelvin||Steinbach||PC|
|GUILLEMARD, Hon. Sarah||Fort Richmond||PC|
|HELWER, Hon. Reg||Brandon West||PC|
|ISLEIFSON, Len||Brandon East||PC|
|KINEW, Wab||Fort Rouge||NDP|
|LAGASSÉ, Bob||Dawson Trail||PC|
|LAMONT, Dougald||St. Boniface||IND LIB|
|LAMOUREUX, Cindy||Tyndall Park||IND LIB|
|LATHLIN, Amanda||The Pas-Kameesak||NDP|
|LINDSEY, Tom||Flin Flon||NDP|
|MARCELINO, Malaya||Notre Dame||NDP|
|MORLEY-LECOMTE, Janice||Seine River||PC|
|MOSES, Jamie||St. Vital||NDP|
|NESBITT, Greg||Riding Mountain||PC|
|PALLISTER, Hon. Brian||Fort Whyte||PC|
|PEDERSEN, Hon. Blaine||Midland||PC|
|PIWNIUK, Doyle||Turtle Mountain||PC|
|SALA, Adrien||St. James||NDP|
|SANDHU, Mintu||The Maples||NDP|
|SCHULER, Hon. Ron||Springfield-Ritchot||PC|
|SMITH, Bernadette||Point Douglas||NDP|
|SMOOK, Dennis||La Vérendrye||PC|
|SQUIRES, Hon. Rochelle||Riel||PC|
|STEFANSON, Hon. Heather||Tuxedo||PC|
|WASYLIW, Mark||Fort Garry||NDP|
|WHARTON, Hon. Jeff||Red River North||PC|
|WISHART, Ian||Portage la Prairie||PC|
|WOWCHUK, Rick||Swan River||PC|
2 thoughts on “Urgent Action Needed to Protect Renters in MB”
Increase the EIA allowances for single adults by $383 per month and for people with disabilities by $236 per month and transform EIA into a Liveable Basic Needs Benefit. MPHM is a multi-sectoral collaborative coalition with over 150 member organizations committed to changing public policy to achieve a Manitoba without poverty. MPHM has been petitioning the Manitoba Government for action on poverty for over 15 years.
I think immediate follow-up should have happened as many gave already been evicted as orders were being written up as of Oct 31 I have found immediate and multiple follow-ups are needed. After you email the premier or the minister please followup in the days following. Urgency has to be stressed. Does anyone have the number of those who have already lost their homes. Other cities have doubled their homeless numbers since moratoriums ended . Some have owed up to 9000 . My trust had contributed 590k to date but it is not even a pebble in the ocean.
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