As winter approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic drags on in the context of a city-wide drug problem, homeless Winnipeggers, and the organizations trying to meet their needs, are facing unprecedented hardship, including scrambling for additional low income housing and shelter beds.

Members of the City’s committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks heard testimony on Friday morning from social service organizations, all needing more resources and support to manage Winnipeg’s escalating poverty crisis.