Building Hope, Home and Community

for men, women, and families throughout Durham Region

Emergency Shelter And Support For Families

Households requiring temporary/emergency accommodation may be referred to the emergency shelter and support program for families.

Cornerstone partners with a variety of motels across the Durham Region to provide families facing homelessness with temporary accommodations.  Participants of the program then work one on one with a Community and Family Case Manager to reach their goals.  Some goals include; securing housing, income security, obtaining child care, food security, community referrals, medical needs, and any other supports the family may require.

Eligibility for this program includes:

  • Single fathers with dependent children without a “dwelling place” and who cannot be accommodated by area hostel/shelter operators
  • Couples with dependent children
  • Two person households/couples who are living together and who cannot be separated due to health or other extenuating circumstances
  • Single person household with extraordinary medical circumstances, whose confirmed medical condition would place the individual or other hostel residents at risk if referred to a shared living environment (i.e. confirmed contagious health condition)
  • Families must be financially ineligible to afford alternative emergency accommodations
  • The eviction must be immediate (i.e. sheriff is coming the day they are accessing emergency accommodations)
  • The previous dwelling place was a Durham Region residence
  • All household members have legal status in Canada, have applied for legal status in Canada, or are refugee claimants
  • No member of the household is under a removal order to leave Canada
  • The total household assets are within the allowable limits
  • The total gross household income is within the allowable limits

To access the program during business hours call 905-438-0254, ext. 3440, and after business hours call 905-433-0254 ext. 2280

“Our belief is that those who do not have a home are unable to stabilize and become healthy until their basic needs are met.”

Housing Manager

Our Holistic Approach

In addition to providing a case worker for tenants in our housing programs, we offer:
  • Physical and mental health needs
  • Referrals for help with addiction
  • Help with landlord issues
  • Nutrition and hygiene
  • Medical appointments
  • Securing identification
  • Anger management
  • Help securing work skills and income
  • Cooking classes and shopping
  • Recreational events and art therapy
  • VOICES CRF Support Group

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