Rooming Houses to Rooming Homes

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November 8th, 2014, 4:15pm – 6:00pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 4M31 (Manitoba Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

November 8th, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:15pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L13 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

In Winnipeg’s inner city, and espcially in West Broadway and Spence neighbourhoods, older homes converted to rooming houses are an important type of housing for many people living on low incomes. However, rooming houses are fast disappearing due to an uncoordinated policy and regulatory framework and market pressures. In addition, there are many day-to-day problems associated with rooming houses related to challenges of poverty and aging houses. Research finds that these inter-related issues should be dealt with together. In this paper we argue that saving rooming houses ought to become a priority, as this type of housing is visable when well maintained and connected with social supports.