Arlene Wilson Recovery Centre Opens at Siloam Mission

Facility for those exiting addictions treatment will welcome first guests July 5

Winnipeg, MB (June 28, 2021) – A new facility for those exiting addictions treatment programs is opening next week at Siloam Mission.

The Arlene Wilson Recovery Centre is a 20-unit housing facility for those recovering from addictions who otherwise would have no place to live following their treatment programs.

The project is supported in part by a $600,000 contribution from the Government of Manitoba, $1.5 million from the City of Winnipeg via the federal government’s Major Cities Stream of the Rapid Housing Initiative, and a generous $500,000 gift from Arlene Wilson.

“We are so thankful to our government funding partners, to Arlene Wilson, and to all those who have played a part for their support in this new project,” says Kathi Neal, Director of Development and Lead Executive. “The Arlene Wilson Recovery Centre would not be possible without your support, and we are so happy to be welcoming our first residents next week.”

“Our Government is helping ensure every Canadian has a safe and affordable place to call home. Our investments will go a long way to effectively support those who need it most by quickly providing new affordable housing units to vulnerable individuals in Winnipeg, while addressing the unique barriers faced by at-risk communities,” says the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “The Rapid Housing Initiative has been a tremendous success – that’s why through Budget 2021, we will increase our total program funding to $2.5 billion in order to rapidly build much-needed affordable homes across the country. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.”

“Our Government is proud to support a project that will provide safe and affordable transitional housing for individuals recovering from addictions in Winnipeg and I’m really pleased to see our government making investments in our community through the Rapid Housing Initiative,” said Kevin Lamoureux, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North. “The Arlene Wilson Recovery Centre will provide residents with the supports and resources they require, in a safe and comfortable environment. This type of supportive housing not only sets the foundation for their success, it helps make a stronger community.”

“It’s so important that Manitobans leaving addictions treatment have access to safe and secure housing, to ensure they have the best chance for a full recovery,” said Minister of Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery Audrey Gordon. “Our government’s investment in Siloam Mission for this initiative will help many residents for years to come.”

The new facility began as a response to a Request For Proposal from the Province of Manitoba, seeking local agencies to help bridge the gap between addictions treatment programs and permanent housing for those most vulnerable. The 20-unit facility occupies the former administrative space on the third floor of 300 Princess Street, above Hannah’s Place Emergency Shelter.

Each resident will have their own private room, as well as shared spaces for meals, entertainment, and specialized programming. Being on-site at Siloam Mission, the program will also integrate with other frontline and progressive services to ensure basic needs are met and to ultimately assist in helping clients transition to independent living.

The Arlene Wilson Recovery Centre will welcome its first residents starting on July 5.