New Journey Housing
About New Journey Housing
COVID update: Everyone coming to NJH Office must wear a mask. NJH has masks on hand to provide to those who do not bring their own.
New Journey Housing (NJH) is a housing resource center for newcomers to Canada that live or are planning to live in Manitoba. We provide assistance and resources to guide newcomers to rent or purchase housing, and manage their money. Our primary clients are newcomers to Canada, including permanent residents, international students, temporary foreign workers, refugee claimants and naturalized Canadians. We also support sponsors, landlords, and anyone else involved in newcomer housing. NJH does not own its own housing projects but is actively involved in advocating for and supporting new affordable housing projects in Manitoba.
Products & Services
Client Eligibility - New Journey Housing works with newcomers to Canada. This includes anyone born outside of Canada - regardless of their current immigration status.
Workshops: All workshops are currently being delivered online via ZOOM. NJH offers one workshop per week and it is advertised through mailing list, NJH website and social media. Also, NJH is happy to partner with other agencies to offer any of the listed workshops.
Rental - teaches everything about how to rent a home. The topics include how to search for vacancies, how to apply, leases, deposits, difference between private market and subsidized housing, RTB, how to be a good tenant and what a landlord is responsible for. This workshop is 2-2.5 hours long but for our ZOOM versions we are offering the workshops in 2, 1 hour sections.
Home Purchasing - teaches about the basics of how to buy a house in Canada. Topics include how to search for a home, realtors' roles, expected costs, pre-approval, how mortgages work and how to save money on mortgage payments, etc. This workshop is 2 hours long but ZOOM versions are offered in 2, 1 hour sections.
Money Management - Now offering this workshop in 3 parts (1 hour each).
Part One: Basic Budgeting. Topics include: what is income/expenses, how to track expenses, difference between needs/wants.
Part 2: Credit Topics included: good vs bad credit, credit cards, and true costs of credit
Part 3: Investments Topics included: types of investments, RESP, RRSP, TFSA and income tax
Housing Advisor Program - clients can meet with one of our housing advisors to get assistance with their housing situation. Advisors can help set housing goals, apply for various government housing programs (Rent Assist, MB Housing, etc), set up unit viewings, problem solve housing issues, advocate to landlords, and anything else they may need assistance with. Sponsoring groups, landlords and anyone else that works with newcomers are welcome to meet with a housing advisor as well.
Booklets - In partnership with MANSO and other agencies we have developed 4 plain language booklets. 'How to Rent a Home in Manitoba' is available in both French and English, 'How to Buy a Home in Manitoba', 'Talking About Money' All booklets can be purchased through MANSO and pdfs are available here
Home Review Volunteers - We have a number of volunteers that have years of experience in home renovations and building. These volunteers will meet with NJH clients that are searching for a home to buy. The volunteers will meet with the client and do a walk through of the home either before or after they purchase it. The goal of this service is to give clients friendly advise about teh condition of the home and potential things to look out for.
Income Tax Preparation Services - We have partnered with CRA to host Community Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (CVITP). We host a number of tax clinics where our volunteers wll file tax returns free of cost for those that qualify. This service runs from March-April but we are excited to offer this year round for 2020. For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org