The struggle for public housing in Winnipeg

The Manitoba government is currently implementing a housing policy that is based on advice provided by the international consulting firm KPMG. The central element of KPMG’s approach is that the private sector can do a better job of delivering low-cost housing than the public sector.

Public housing was developed in Manitoba in the 1960s in response to a half-century of failure by the private sector to provide adequate housing for low-income people. Winnipeg writer Doug Smith is researching the history of the struggle to create public housing in Manitoba. Right to Housing is posting these articles as they appear on its website.