Rental Advocate Job Opportunity – Now Hiring!

Thanks to ongoing support from the City of Winnipeg and a new funding commitment from the Government of Canada through the Homelessness Partnership Strategy, we are happy to announce we are hiring two new Tenant Landlord Cooperation program rental advocates! Deadline to apply is August 11th. See job ad below for more details.

Job Description – TLC Coordinator (2017)

 

Housing Development

The North End Communities consistently identifies affordable quality housing as an overall rental strategy.  Our programs cultivate a sense of pride and community ownership in the unique neighbourhoods.

The purpose of NECRC/NERI’s housing department is to encourage the combined efforts of government, resident groups, and housing organizations to carry out strategic housing renewal in the North End of Winnipeg. While working together with housing partners, the objectives in 2011 were to:

Comprehend and coordinate the strategic development of housing within the North End
Update the housing plan priorities of William Whyte (WW) and North Point Douglas (NPD)
Administer Exterior Renovation Fix-Up grants through North End Revitalization Incorporated (NERI)

  • Assist Dufferin, St. John’s, and Lord Selkirk Park (LSP) residents in implementing their housing priorities
  • Assist other North End neighbourhoods in the development and implementation of housing renewal initiatives (e.g. LSP)
  • Encourage housing renewal initiatives within North End communities (e.g. MB Hydro Low-Income Program, Housing Training Initiative, Tenant Landlord Cooperation, Winnipeg Rental Network, Building Construction Maintenance Program, and supporting B.U.I.L.D. etc.)

NECRC facilitates many housing coordination activities for renewal and NERI administers various housing grants.  For more information please contact Dale at 204 927-2343 or email dale@necrc.org

Throughout 2012, NECRC has worked to support the communities of William Whyte and Dufferin in creating new five-year housing plans that would outline the vision the communities have for the future of their neighbourhoods. The consultation process, carried out by award winning planning firm BridgemanCollaborative Architecture under the direction of the William Whyte Residents Association and the Dufferin Residents Association of Winnipeg, was extensive in its efforts to gather community feedback and the resulting housing plans are guiding documents that reflect the likes and dislikes of local residents and presents the information in a clear and easy to understand format. Click the links below to see the 2013-2018 William Whyte and Dufferin Neighbourhood Housing Plans. For more information on the consultation process and the creation of the Dufferin and William Whyte Housing Plans, click on the Appendix below.

Community Housing Improvement Initiative Exterior Fix-up Grants

The 2017 Community Housing Improvement Initiative (CHII) Exterior Fix-up Grant applications are now available for William Whyte and North Point Douglas communities. Applications have been delivered door to door, however, if you didn’t see one in your mailbox you can either pick one up at our offices at 509 Selkirk Avenue or download and print your application from our website. More info, including which communities will receive grants, deadlines and applications can be found here.

Tenant Landlord Cooperation (TLC) Program

–  This section is under construction and will be updated shortly. The TLC program is a direct advocacy program to help individuals understand their rights and responsibilities on rental issues. The program assists both tenants and landlords in resolving rental disputes. If you have any questions regarding your rights as a tenant (recovering damage deposit, illegal rent increase, requesting repairs, etc.) or your rights as a landlord (dealing with recovering costs for damages, limiting liabilities, screening tenants, etc.) please contact Lindsay Schaitel at 204-927-2335 (lindsay@necrc.org).

Winnipeg Rental Network

– is a non-profit initiative providing a web-based database that makes it easier for people to find affordable rental housing. The site is also a one-stop-shop for agencies that provide supports to people in the low to medium income range. WRN is not a housing provider; it is a network of Public, Private and Community-based organizations that work to improve accessibility to affordable rental accommodation. The Network uses Median Market Rents, as determined by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), to establish an upper limit on what is deemed “affordable”. For more information email gord@winnipegrentnet.ca or call Gord McIntyre at 204 417-2110 or visit www.winnipegrentnet.ca

Neighbourhood Power Smart Program

The North End Community Renewal Corporation is partnered with Manitoba Hydro to help North End property owners access energy efficiency upgrades to lower their utility bills and improve their quality of housing. While Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Affordable Energy Program is open to both owner-occupants and landlords across Manitoba, NECRC’s Energy Efficiency Upgrade Coordinator will work with North End property owners to make accessing energy upgrade resources even easier. In addition to the economic benefits of lowered utility bills and the quality of life benefits of a warmer home, Manitoba Hydro and NECRC are supporting the local economy and  North End jobs by partnering with local social enterprise Building Urban Industry through Local Development (BUILD) to carry out the energy upgrades.

The Energy Efficiency Upgrade Coordinator can assist North End property owners with every step of the application process including filling out application forms and gathering required documents from homeowners and tenants, scheduling energy audits, and arranging for and meeting with the contractors doing the work.

Qualifying homes will receive free insulation upgrades (approximate $4,000 value), a new high-efficiency natural gas furnace installed for only $9.50/month for 5 years ($570 total cost) or a $3,000 rebate towards a high-efficiency natural gas boiler, and a free in-home energy efficiency review and energy savings items (low flow shower head, faucet aerators, and energy efficient light bulbs). For more information please contact NECRC’s Energy Efficiency Upgrade Coordinator, Deborah Epps, by phone at 204.998.7297 or by email at deborah@necrc.org.