Friday, March 23, 5:00 pm
City Hall, 510 Main St.
WE DEMAND THAT WINNIPEG AWARD OSBORNE HOUSE THE FUNDS THEY NEED.
Join us for a rally in support of Osborne House, a safe-house for women and children
who are victims of domestic violence.
Osborne House offers food, shelter, counselling and hope for the city's most vulnerable.
Due to a 75% decrease in private donations over the past years and a steady increase in the community's need for Osborne House, the safe-house is in dire need of support from the municipal government.
On March 15, Osborne House attended City Council requesting $450,000 in annual funding.
This request was denied by council with the reason that the request came at the last minute and was too expensive.
Barbara Judt, CEO of Osborne House, has documented communications with the City of Winnipeg dating back six months.
On Tuesday, March 20 Osborne House spoke to have the City's decision rescinded.
This request was not only denied, but completely ignored.
Not a single question about Barbara's proposal was asked.
At Tuesday's hearing, Councillor Fielding, who spoke in support of the budget,
claimed that public safety is one of the key priorities of this years budget.
Clearly he does not consider women and children an essential part of this priority.
Because their funding request was denied Osborne House will be forced to turn down women and children who need safety.
Women and children are at greater risk of physical, sexual and emotional violence;
they are at a greater risk of homelessness.
Women and children are at greater risk of death.