March 20, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG BIZ AND MAIN STREET PROJECT PARTNER TO BETTER CONNECT PEOPLE TO SOCIAL SERVICES AND SUPPORTS USING NEW VOLUNTARY TRANSPORT PROGRAM
Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and Main Street Project have partnered to officially implement the voluntary transport program with the leadership of the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedics Department and the WRHA. The Voluntary Transport Program aims to better connect individuals to the appropriate social services and supports that they need to find a better place to stay.
The Program will be a new tool used by the Community Homeless Assistance Team (CHAT) to help people in need who have been medically cleared by WFPS but still in need of assistance in our downtown. Individuals, who voluntarily agree to be transported by vehicle, will be provided with proper outreach services and will be followed up with the next day to provide any further support that is necessary.
“I am very proud of our Safety and Outreach Team and their continued efforts in not only championing the need for the voluntary transport program, but also in ensuring that CHAT is effective and well recognized in the downtown area,” says Stefano Grande, CEO of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “Together we are helping the most vulnerable individuals off our streets and into a better place, by better connecting them to the social services and supports that they need.”
The Voluntary Transport Program will also help in alleviating the challenges for our downtown community by better managing social disorder and improving the negative perceptions of downtown safety.
For more information about the CHAT Program and the services that they provide, visit http://downtownwinnipegbiz.com/.
About the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
Established in 1989 by the City of Winnipeg, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is the oldest of Winnipeg’s 16 business improvement zones. Directed by a management board of 15 business owners/leaders and a representative from City Hall, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ markets the city centre on behalf of 1,300 businesses, and runs programs and provides services that target downtown image, cleanliness, safety, transportation, and parking.
Erica Urias, Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
Phone: Cell – (204) 806-8923 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org