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.

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

A safe environment for women with or without children who have experienced gendered based violence.

Second Stage Housing provides independent, controlled entry apartments with rent geared to income. Utilities are included, and there are free laundry facilities onsite. Units include a fridge and stove. There are 1,2,and 3 bedroom apartments available. There is one accessible unit in the building. Rental agreements are available up to one year in length.

Second Stage Housing has support staff available to assist with connections to community resources, provide counselling, advocacy and support to both women and children. We also offer these services to women and children living in the community through the transitional support program.

Play room and lounge available for programming and groups. There is also a totally fenced in playground at each building.

Stratford. Municipal Office

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

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

COVID19 During COVID19 continuing to operate and assess referrals on a case-by-case basis . Non-essential guests and service providers not permitted in shelter. To access services or respite there is an email for victims that is monitored during business hours HERE. 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

COVID19 During COVID19 continuing to operate and assess referrals on a case-by-case basis . Non-essential guests and service providers not permitted in shelter. To access services or respite there is an email for victims that is monitored during business hours HERE. 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

Huron County. Municipal Office

Provides emergency overnight shelter plus wrap around supports that are provided by trained professionals including trauma informed care, substance use, and mental health supports. Can accommodate 15 individuals and includes hot evening meal and breakfast, shower facilities, transportation and on-site security

Covid 19 protocols in place including wearing a mask

Transportation from other areas available by calling number

Five rooms available in the community to house people experiencing homelessness who test positive for coronavirus.

Emily Murphy Centre
https://emilymurphycentre.com/housing/

COVID19 Visitors Mon-Fri 9 am-6 pm, screened for COVID19, wear a mask and social distance. One visitor per apartment. Call office for service inquires and to make donations. Visit Facebook page for updates on services.

20 rent-geared-to-income housing for women with or without children who have experienced violence. Focus on safety. Provides affordable housing for up to one year. Offers women’s and children’s group programs as well as individual counselling. Outreach services available. 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

COVID19 After hours response line continues to be available 519-274-2848. Visitors encouraged to phone rather than visit office. If case manager responds in person to a client situation, symptom screening will take place. The response by CMHA staff may not be the assigned case manager. Toll-free 1-888-875-2944 and dial 0 for reception

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/

Emergency program that can assist families and individuals living with low incomes in Huron County to reduce child poverty, promote attachment to the work force and prevent homelessness.

Assistance may include but not be limited to: Emergency heat, water, sewage, rental arrears, dental, transportation, childcare, housing. 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 Family Services, Food Bank and Medical Loans Cupboard continue to be available. Call 519-524-1087 and please leave a clear message including your name and phone number. Messages are checked daily.
Daily soup program paused
Thrift Store Currenly closed due to Covid-19 lock down

  • 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, families and 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 – Because of COVID19 to access the food bank 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 (limited)
  • Emergency support for utilities and rent (provided there are funds in the budget)
  • Financial assistance for medications
  • General Counselling

    Christmas food hampers and toy hampers, call to registration in November

Salvation Army (The)
https://www.sagoderich.com/

COVID19 – During COVID19 one person allowed in building at a time and staff will box the food.

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 (paused for 2020 due to COVID), 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. During COVID-19 staff will pack the groceries for clients, and the shopping style is on hold. Delivery available in Clinton on Tue – call office to book.

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 and 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

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 and Food Bank

Housing Resource Centre – Contact Chelsea Borg 519-271-6991 or EMAIL – available to assist with light-touch supports such as:

  • Preparing for Housing Searches
  • Assistance with information about possible housing options
  • Completing self-directed housing searches
  • Referrals to other support agencies
  • Connecting people into the local Homeless System of Care
  • Volunteer Trusteeship component which assists clients with money management services

Also provide free income tax assistance. See separate listing HERE

Volunteers are all welcome.

Salvation Army

COVID19
Free Tax Assistance available for “Low Income” families – must make an appointment to drop off documents and sign release. Returns will be prepared, then a copy of return and personal documents will be returned by mail. For information call Thesesa at office or EMAIL
Format changed but food bank open, LEAP and OESP application assistance still available. Call for information.
Hot meals to go curbside pickup Tuesdays Jan 5-Mar 30, 2021 – enter at Maitland Ave and exit on Main St. Pre-register by EMAIL or text 226-662-4719
Back Pack for Kids Program Applications being taken for September 2020. Distribution date to be determined.
Jumpstart on hold until sport activities resume

Back Packs for Kids, Christmas Assistance, Feline Friends Network, Jumpstart/North Perth Sports for Kids Fund, emergency food services, LEAP applications, OESP applications, Tax Return Assistance by appointment only. Food Explorers program for 9 to 11 year olds. Registration required.

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