Housing and Shelter

Are you without a place to stay? Do you need a couple of days to get your life back on track? There are places that can help. You can access food banks and hot meals, programs that assist with housing costs, places to sleep if you’re on the street, and discretionary benefits from social services that help with things like emergency dental cost. There are also crisis lines if you just need someone to talk to. This guide will help you find and connect with these services so you can explore your options and decide which programs fit your needs and values. The choices are yours to make.

Listowel Mennonite Church
http://www.lmchurch.ca/

Worship service Sunday 10 am * Sunday School 11:15 am * Partnership with Salvation Army for food, shelter and clothing * worship at 10 am during summer (June through August)

Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing & Counselling Services of Huron
http://huronwomensshelter.ca/second-stage-housing/

COVID19
Shelter Services – shelter is open and offering residential support to women at high risk because of gender based violence, as well as the 24-hour help line available to anyone in need. All intakes, risk assessment, safety planning, advocacy and transitional support will be offered via telephone, video conferencing or email. Counseling, groups, and children’s programming are currently offered via telephone or video conferencing and are facilitated by staff working from home. Regular visits by community partners or any non essential visitor has been postponed through the duration of the pandemic. Cleaning and disinfecting procedures have increased, and appropriate measures to ensure safe food handling are being implemented.

Second Stage Housing (SSH) Sites – All second stage sites (Exeter, Clinton, Goderich) are closed to visitors however residents supported via email, phone and video conferencing. Residents are aware of changes and additional signage indicating current protocols are posted. An empty unit at SSH has been designated as an emergency quarantine unit if needed.

Service during COVID-19 – continue to provide critical services to women and their families through virtual intake, risk assessment, safety planning, system navigation and advocacy. Where risk is low, help a woman plan her next steps accessing natural supports that are safe, virtual supports, appropriate referrals and provision of available resources (such as gift cards). If upon intake a woman is considered high risk and in need of residential supports, we are committed to doing all we can to support her safely in a sheltered space.

Second stage housing for women and children * victims of violence * rent-geared-to-income (RGI) apartments * secure building * women with or without children * units include fridge, stove * 1, 2, 3 bedroom(s) * on-site laundry * Rental agreements are available up to one year in length

Stratford. Municipal Office

Provides up to 5 per cent in down-payment assistance to low and moderate-income households to assist in purchasing a home.

Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services
http://www.optimismplace.com

COVID19 – During COVID19 continuing to operate Stratford shelter and assess referrals on a case-by-case basis * in kind donations not being accepted * non-essential guests and service providers not permitted in shelter * 24 hour crisis line continuing to operate * Listowel office is closed to individual appointments. outreach staff providing support to current clients and new referrals via phone or telephone conference

Violence Against Women Resource Centre * offers various support services * Women and children in need of safe and protective housing are welcome to stay at the Stratford-based shelter for up to 8 weeks or more * free transportation from North Perth can be arranged

Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services
http://www.optimismplace.com

COVID19During COVID19 continuing to operate and assess referrals on a case-by-case basis * in kind donations not being accepted * non-essential guests and service providers not permitted in shelter * 24 hour crisis line continuing to operate

13 bed Emergency Shelter for women with or without children who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault * services include crisis counselling and support, transportation to shelter * information and referrals * weekly support groups * services for children and adolescents * community outreach including an office in North Perth * Assistance in completing social housing applications and advocacy in navigating criminal and family court matters

You do not have to be residing in shelter to receive services * All services confidential and no-cost

Salvation Army (The)

Emergency overnight Accommodations for those in need * Includes a light meal and breakfast.

Emily Murphy Centre
http://emilymurphycentre.com/second-stage-housing/

Offers rent-geared-to-income housing for women and their children * focus on safety * provides affordable housing for up to one year * offers a women’s and children’s group program as well as individual counselling * Outreach services availalble * On-site art therapist

Emergency Housing in Perth and Huron County

Handling calls for emergency housing in Perth and Huron.

SHELTERS/ACCOMMODATION for ANYONE:

PERTH and HURON (offices located in Stratford but serves all of Perth and Huron County)
* During regular business hours, people and families in need of emergency housing should contact the Ontario Works [CIOC PER2173 OR ICarol] or ODSP [ CIOC PER0681 OR ICarol] * outside of normal business hours, contact the Huron Perth Crisis Intervention Program for assistance, [CIOC PER0038 OR ICarol] or ShelterLink [CIOC PER0054

HURON

* Salvation Army, WINGHAM (serves Howick, Huron East, Huron-Kinloss, Morris-Turnberry, North Huron, South Bruce) – can arrange emergency accommodations [ CIOC GBA2364 OR ICarol]

* Salvation Army, CLINTON (serves Bluewater ; Central Huron ; Huron East) – emergency accommodations in certain situations available for 1 to 2 nights maximum [CIOC GBA2150 OR ICarol]

* Salvation Army, GODERICH (serves Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh ; Central Huron ; Goderich ; Grand Bend ; Huron-Kinloss ; Kincardine (Town of) ; Seaforth) – emergency accommodations in certain situations available for 1 to 2 nights maximum [ CIOC GBA3657 OR ICarol]

* Salvation Army, GODERICH (serves Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh ; Central Huron ; Goderich ; Grand Bend ; Huron-Kinloss ; Kincardine (Town of) ; Seaforth) – Huron Out of the Cold – Warming Centre at Salvation Army Thrift Store 309 Suncoast Dr. E. – Overnight accommodation at Suncoast Citadel, 303 Suncoast Dr. E Goderich [ CIOC PER0245 OR ICarol]

* Society of St Vincent de Paul, GODERICH (serves Huron County) – emergency overnight accommodations [CIOC GBA2160 OR ICarol]

SHELTERS for YOUTH:

PERTH
* Shelterlink (serves Perth County) – emergency or transitional shelter and support services [CIOC PER0054 OR ICarol]

HURON
* Huron Safe Homes for Youth (serves Huron County) – temporary shelter and support services [CIOC GBA2132 OR ICarol]

SHELTERS for WOMEN:
PERTH
* Optimism Place (serves Perth County) – women’s shelter and support services [CIOC PER0026 OR ICarol]

* Emily Murphy Centre (serves Perth County) – transitional second stage housing and support services [CIOC PER0037 OR ICarol]

HURON
* Women’s Shelter (serves Huron County) – emergency women’s shelter and second stage housing [CIOC GBA1807 OR ICarol]

Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha-hp.on.ca

CMHA manages affordable rental units throughout Huron and Perth Counties, includes owned buildings and sublet units from local landlords.

Tenants with limited income and evidence of a mental illness may qualify for a rental subsidy based on income * support services are provided to assist tenants to maintain their residences * long and short term accommodation is provided

Transitional units provide temporary furnished accommodation to facilitate discharges from hospital and assess a person’s skills to maintain permanent housing

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 prevent homelessness and to provide access to financial supports for families and individuals.

Assistance may include but not be limited to:
-Emergency Hydro, Heat, Water and Sewage
-Emergency Rental Arrears
-Emergency Dental
-Emergency Transportation
-Eyeglasses
-Layettes and Baby Supplies
-Limited Assistance with Cost of Prosthetic Items
-Other Health Care Items

Limited financial assistance may be available in other exceptional circumstances.

Society of St Vincent de Paul
http://www.svdpgoderich.ca

COVID19 – During COVID19 food bank call for appointment only 519-524-1087 * Daily soup program paused

Food bank, * thrift store sells clothing, furniture and appliances, cookware, toys, books, and electronics * emergency support for dental, eye care and medicine, rent, heat and hydro will deliver hampers of food in emergency situations and do home visits * serve non-custodial parents*emergency overnight accommodation* fire and domestic violence assistance*

Health equipment loan cupboard – free for an indefinite time period, manual wheel chairs, crutches, commodes, transfer benches and walkers. May have other equipment than what is listed. Please contact the office for more information

Budget and life skills support and resource liaising * Bibles and religious items available free * Daily free soup pot offered Mon through Sat* free electronic waste collection*

Christmas hampers: made up for seniors, singles and families with children over age 16 * Hampers are made to individual needs (ie. diabetic, gluten free) with fresh products * Hampers can be ready for specific date if requested and can be delivered in emergency situations * Hamper contains food, gifts, and gift certificates * applications for Christmas hampers start Nov 1st and will be accepted until Dec 8 * serve non-custodial parents

Families with children under 16 must go to the CAS Christmas Bureau, but if you miss that opportunity, please call.

Volunteers always welcome!

Salvation Army

COVID19 – During COVID19 food bank adjusted hours Tue 1 pm-3 pm and Thu 10am-12 noon. You must call to book a pick up time to get a food hamper. All other times by special appointments

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 (provided there are funds in the budget)
* financial assistance for medications
* the Open Door (last Friday of the month excluding July, August, Nov & Dec), free lunch or coffee & pastries
* Christmas food hampers and toy hampers

Salvation Army (The)

COVID19 – During COVID19 one person allowed in building at a time and staff will box the food Revised hours Mon and Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm Wed 8:30 am-12 noon

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: Christmas hampers, and is an intake agency for Huron Backpacks for Kids. Call office or see separate entries for full details.

Salvation Army (The)

COVID19 – During COVID19 food bank will allow only one person in building at a time. Regular hours Tuesday and Friday 9:30 am-4:15 pm. During COVID-19 staff will pack the groceries for clients, and the shopping style is on hold.

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 * * advocacy and resource referrals * support offered to send up to 6 children to Salvation Army summer camp each year (cancelled 2020 due to COVID-19) * free hair cut clinic monthly (hair cuts on hold for COVID-19)

Other services provided during applicable or specific times throughout the year include: 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

COVID19 Committed to ensuring youth and their families have access to support, services and advocacy during the pandemic via telephone, email, and video conferencing. To access service please call 1-800-361-1640

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

COVID19During COVID19 Outreach Worker is providing intake services over the phone rather than in person and non-essential visitors are not allowed entry to our Living Options For Youth Program wing

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. *Serving Ages 16 – 24*

Salvation Army (The)

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 * OEST applications * Tax Return Assistance by appointment only * Food Explorers program for 9 to 11 year olds. Registration required.

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