Running Away

Almost everyone thinks about running away from home at some point. You might feel like you want to escape, but people who have run away say that usually you just end up exchanging one rotten situation for another. Talking to someone may help you think through your options and make an intelligent decision that’s right for you. See the places below for emergency accommodation.

Huron County. Social Services
http://www.huroncounty.ca/ontario-works/income-support/pathways/

Pathways is an emergency program that can assist families and individuals living with low incomes in Huron County when they are most in need. The aim of the program is to reduce child poverty, promote attachment, help parents return to the workforce and prevent homelessness.

Assistance may include:
Emergency childcare * emergency dental * emergency heat/hydro * emergency housing * emergency rent * emergency transportation * eyeglasses * limited assistance with cost of prosthetic items * medications (one time in an emergency)

Pathways may pay up to $750 per year for rent, heat, or hydro for individuals or families with an eviction notice or disconnection notice, or $500 per year for health related items. Further funding may be available to cover emergency items related to prevention of child poverty or attachment to the workforce.

Funding comes from various sources including Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative CHPI and Low-Income Energy Assistance Program for customers of Westcoast Hydro and Erie Thames Power.

Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
http://www.hpha.ca/default.aspx?cid=114&lang=1

24 hour helpline and crisis line * counselling service for individuals in acute emotional distress and/or with mental illness * face-to-face support and assessment 7 days a week in the local community serving 8 hospital ER departments * Crisis staff will provide onsite assessment in the individual’s home in the company of local police service * will assist individuals to find the appropriate addictions or mental health service

Emergency Room assistance available at all 8 regional offices, call ahead to ensure that a staff person can go to the hospital location.

Emergency Homelessness – People and families in need of emergency housing should contact the Ontario Works or ODSP office during regular work hours * outside of normal business hours, contact the Huron Perth Crisis Intervention Program for assistance

Salvation Army

Services:
* Food bank, can be accessed once a month * 4-7 day supply
* advocacy work
* transportation (limited availability – for medical or emergency travel)
* help for fire victims
* emergency accommodations, homeless
* emergency support for utilities and rent (during winter months provided there are funds in the budget)
* financial assistance for medical expenses
* denture financial assistance
* 50+ Dining Club (Once a month), free lunch
* Christmas food hampers and toy hampers

Salvation Army (The)
http://www.suncoastcitadel.com

Community and Family Services provides the following: Food Bank assistance * emergency transportation * support available for one-time emergency medicine costs * emergency accommodations* vouchers for clothing and household items * advocacy and resource referrals * support offered to send up to 5 children to Salvation Army summer camp each year * OESP application assistance

Other services provided during applicable or specific times throughout the year include: Community Kitchen, Christmas hampers, Community Volunteer Income Tax Program during tax season and is an intake agency for Huron Backpacks for Kids. Call office or see separate entries for full details.

Salvation Army (The)
http://www.suncoastcitadel.com

Food bank * emergency transportation * support available for one-time emergency medicine costs * emergency accommodations in certain situations available for 1 to 2 nights maximum * vouchers for clothing and household items available for those in need * budget counselling * spiritual counselling * advocacy and resource referrals * support offered to send up to 6 children to Salvation Army summer camp each year * free hair cut clinic monthly

Other services provided during applicable or specific times throughout the year include: Community Kitchen, Christmas hampers, and is an intake agency for Huron Backpacks for Kids. Call office or see separate entries for full details.

Huron Safe Homes for Youth
http://www.huronsafehomes.com

Provides voluntary, confidential services for youth (16 years of age to their 18th birthday) and their families in Huron County * services include:

* temporary shelter in a Safe Home when the youth has no other viable alternative
* mediation between youth and their parents/caregivers
* short-term counselling
* immediate and long term planning developed in conjunction with the youth and the family to address their needs
* crisis intervention and support services for youth and/or families
* support services for pregnant teens
* provision of life skills training
* education and resources
* supported independent living
* ability to act as a trusteeship for Ontario Works

Stratford/Perth Shelterlink
http://www.shelterlink.org

Provides emergency or transitional shelter * support services to homeless and at-risk youth across Perth County * youth are provided with basic needs, community referrals, life skills * constant staff support to help them move forward and into a successful independent living situation

Salvation Army (The)
http://www.tsastratford.com

Emergency shelter referrals given to Shelterlink or Ontario Works * emergency transportation * winter clothing supplies * Christmas assistance * assistance with fire victims * Food Bank

Also provide free income tax assistance

Volunteers are all welcome.

Salvation Army

Back Packs for Kids * Christmas Assistance * Feline Friends Network * Jumpstart/North Perth Sports for Kids Fund * emergency food services * LEAP applications