Building Hope, Home and Community

for men, women, and families throughout Durham Region

Emergency Shelter

The Shelter Program on Simcoe Street provides 24 hour emergency shelter to men aged 16 years and above who are currently homeless. The shelter program acts as an entry point to all the services offered throughout our organization. While residing in the shelter, guests are provided with all their basic needs including: a bed and linens, 3 meals a day plus an evening snack, hygiene supplies, laundry services and transportation assistance.  Other services that are offered include assistance securing a source of income, housing search assistance, referrals to community resources, crisis supports, and identification replacement.

All guests are entitled to 7 days of emergency stay. While every situation is unique and therefore everyone is assessed on an individualized basis, as a general guideline for services to continue beyond 7 days guests must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet with our housing worker
  • Work with us to make arrangements with Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Payments, or other sources of income
  • Be actively looking for housing
  • Secure 75% of income to save towards housing

“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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