Emergency & Social Services

Drop-in Shelter
Our shelter and crisis services are designed to ensure emergency respite is available to those in distress without appointment.

We offer safe, respectful and non-judgmental services to those that are homeless, displaced, dealing with mental health issues or struggling with addictions. Our doors are open to all.

Community members may walk in, be referred by other agencies, or may be identified by the Street Patrol and directed to Main Street Project for shelter and other essentials.

Individuals use our services and connect for basic, daily needs such as:

  • A bowl soup or cup of coffee
  • Basic nutrition
  • Clean clothing
  • Mail delivery
  • Transportation
  • Access to Crisis Workers
  • Support of Transition Service Workers and Gap Workers who ll the service gap for those not yet motivated to change their lifestyle
  • Resource information and housing referrals
  • Medical support through WFPS paramedics

We support individuals where they are at in life and make every effort to tailor our services to meet the self- determined needs of each client and help them work towards stable, permanent housing.

Main Street Project partners with the Downtown Winnipeg Biz in their Community Homeless Assistance Team (CHAT). CHAT is dedicated to performing comprehensive outreach to individuals at-risk of or experiencing homelessness downtown. CHAT Outreach Workers pursue a unique preventative outreach approach that will address the dynamic barriers and complexes faced by the homeless population in order to link those in need to individually and culturally relevant service.


Protective Care
We offer protective care to our community through the Intoxicated Persons Detention Area (IPDA Centre), which supports intoxicated individuals into sobriety using a Harm Reduction approach, close monitoring and a supported release.

We serve on average 60 individuals in a 24-hour period and have the capacity to hold 20 people at a time. We aim to treat them all with safe and respective services following an initial transfer by Winnipeg Police Service officers or cadets.

We’re constantly working towards the safest stay possible and are proud to be leaders in the provision of services to intoxicated persons. We offer one-on-one care to all participants and also provide them a non-criminalized experience with phone access, food services and extended supports for addictions and other challenges.

Since 2011 IPDA has exceeded 57,000 stays, including 11,000 in 2015 alone. Our main goal moving forward is to grow in order to meet the consistent high volume of clients.


Homeless Outreach Team
Our Outreach Team aims to develop relationships with anyone that identifies as homeless in our community.

Outreach Mentors support these individuals in a planned transition to permanent housing and also work on community-based support to build personal capacity and future successes.

Homeless Outreach Mentors work with all of Main Street Project’s services to support each community member’s success.


Project Breakaway
People who experience chronic homelessness often have multiple barriers to obtaining stable housing.

Project Breakaway is a Housing First initiative that provides intensive case management for chronically homeless individuals in our community.

The program improves their overall quality of life and reduces dependence on public services. In collaboration with a number of partners, this program is designed to help individuals build stability.

Project Breakaway uses a holistic-intensive care model that supports and empowers participants to reach their personal goals.

Four Transition Service Workers are dedicated to the project. They have a caseload of up to 25 individuals who may be in acute crisis or transitioning with supports to stability.

Download the Project Breakaway Intake Form

Opportunities Ahead
Opportunities Ahead is targeted to individuals considered hard to house.

The day program offers clients exposure to action-based solutions that help increase quality of life and potential for independence.

Transition Service Workers follow our Harm Reduction and Housing First philosophies and help Opportunities Ahead clients build daily life skills that enable a person to move from emergent or transitional housing to permanent housing.