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An adequate supply of safe, affordable and appropriate housing is a prerequisite to truly ending homelessness in the long term. This includes ensuring that people who are chronically and episodically homeless are prioritized and that systems are in place to enable such persons to receive housing and supports through Housing First programs. In a tight housing market, implementing a Housing First agenda becomes that much more challenging. It is also important to address the supply of affordable housing, in order to broaden access for other priority populations, including women fleeing violence, Aboriginal Peoples, families, seniors and youth, for instance.

Ultimately, addressing Canada’s housing crisis comes down to money, which then begs the question about our national priorities.

Canadian homeowners enjoy over $8.6 billion in annual tax and other benefits. This kind of investment in home ownership is important because it benefits millions of middle-income households.

Spending on affordable housing for Canada’s poorest households however, is less than one quarter of that invested in homeownership, approximately $2.1 billion per year and has declined quite dramatically over the past 25 years.

Ironically, it costs more to ignore our housing problem than it would to fix it. Consider the estimate that homelessness alone costs the Canadian economy over $7 billion per year. While the Government of Canada invests $119 million annually to address homelessness through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (provinces and municipalities also invest), this is not sufficient to address the problem and as a result has not led to a noticeable reduction in homelessness.

By not investing adequately in housing for the poorest Canadians, health care, justice and other taxpayer-funded costs increase.

Put another way, as Canadians, we are spending more money on people who do not need help compared to those in greatest need. And by not spending on those in greatest need, we are not only creating hardship for many Canadian families, we are creating a considerably larger expense for the Canadian economy.

We can do things differently. In the State of Homelessness in Canada 2014, we propose a robust housing investment strategy that would cost the economy much less than the current costs of homelessness. The key elements of our strategy include the following proposals:

 

 

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Help

Old English helpan (verb), help (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch helpen and German helfen.

 

To beg  is to  ask someone earnestly or humbly for something

I was taught that you had to work for whatever you wanted, now I see  ” fund-me , ” sites everywhere around the net, or maybe it’s not really so many it just seems the media picks and choose which ones to promote . A few years ago, a nurse in a health – care facility, told me well it’s here how I was verbally attacked in the ICU

here: http://www.bchrt.gov.bc.ca/decisions/2006/pdf/sept/464_reid_v_interior_health_authority_and_others_2006_bchrt_462.pdf

I have suffered enough now, all my like I have had to fight this thing, it has consumed my every waking hour for almost 55 years ( I was made sexually active at age 5 by an older girl “puberty age she had hair down there”  

My entire life I have been battered and it was always some how sexually initiated and I have been the victim in the end.  My Dads response ( I loved my Dad , he meant well because he was right, there’s just a way to say what’s right and a way to say it so that it doesn’t hurt ) My Dad was going to hire a hitman to meet me after work ( I was working in the East side ghetto of Buffalo New York  at a KFC ) and shoot me, or was it take me to a vacant lot and shoot me. I was 15 years old and the time, and there was a

bit of gang activity in the city, my father was an intermediary , peace maker in the middle of it, he panicked he had a right to. Now if my son came to me with this issue, I’d accept him first but then ask questions because if you ask the right questions you’ll find that, it’s not cut and dry simple for everybody.Some guys those whom are at first DL , and then totally indoctrinated and others in even more delineated sub group’s, would prefer not to have same-sex interests and in fact have sought assistance in the effort to  address what they see as a character flaw.

I liked girls up until about 8th grade, I got rock hard at the sight of exposed breast ( Children should not be sexualized at that early of an age, it distorts all of life after that ) but then also at that age, afro American Children seem to have been exposed sexuality at earlier ages than white Children, or are all Children sexually curious so young in life.

I look back on my life and it’s almost funny. I started acting out early.  I was 4 or 5 when the abuse started with the baby sitter, when I went to kindergarten on my first day I stole some crayons, and or brightly colored blocks. My mother was livid, she may have hit me a few times, but she made me take them back, I don’t know if I did or not , and I can’t remember, but I do remember that a ” teaching ” moment was wasted and lost forever ? A moment that could have been on of bonding and love turned into one of ridicule and hate. That’s the way I remember my mothers reaction to what I’d done.

I don’t know why I thought I should be able to take those blocks or crayons home, or what would have given me the idea that I had a right to ? That kindergarten teacher at one point had threatened to burn my mittens in I didn’t take them off, my mother had threatened to whip me if I lost another pair, because I’d lost a couple of pair. And it got brutally cold in those Rochester New York winters.

I need justice for me, and I need to make restitution to the people I’ve hurt in my wake, those that have suffered physical violence , and those whom have lost anything because of my actions. I look back and I don’t know who I was , ever I never had an identity, I was always looking from another being.

I have traced back to the first grasp of self being I have, and looked at every year since, and I can’t identify when it all began, when I lost me. I keep hearing this great debate about corporal punishment , but nobody ever talks about the psychological damage that is also inflicted when black mother whips their children. How they hold the belt, switch or electrical cord in one hand  and the Child in the other, the mother then beats the Child with the belt or electrical cord, making the Child hop about in pain and agony, while being called various derogatory names, ie. you little good for nothing black ashy skinned nigger, didn’t i tell you to stop, didn’t I, didn’t I tell you to stop, next time you’ll listen you dirty little nigger, etc, etc, etc…

I need to get justice for myself, because just recently I realized the trauma that I allowed to happen to me, and how that trauma just fed itself throughout my life  touching everything that touched me. I need to hire a lawyer to make some things right before the end. And it won’t matter what people thing my ultimate motive is, I’ve learned the hard way about how many different people there are in the world. ” The  ” hard way ” is letting to many people touch you without any real feeling attached to it, just words and actions void of any real purpose.

In NYC November 28 th 1978 I was walking down 8th , 7th or 6 th avenue on the Westside of New York city, around the garment district. It is deserted down there at that time of night in that era, it’s a no mans land of grey concrete highrises and it was just going into the Christmas season after Thanksgiving , the temp is recorded as being 34 degrees f. I was shivering I didn’t have a real winter coat or shoes, there had been a light snow. I’d arranged to ” trail ” at a restaurant called ” Charley O’s ‘”  so I was freezing but optimistic. I’d just left the place, I guess it was about 5 : 30 – 8:00 pm

( I don’t have the actual court report or police report just the FBI rap sheet )  I was on my way to ” no where I had no place to stay , and I’d been bed surfing, that is however where ever, you hoped for the best above a shelter. Shelters came last. I’d go to a bar and  hang out , and fish if I got lucky I’d have a place to crash, or there was the odd friend who let me use the couch or floor but not many at all in fact none, I had no good friends. I was walking down the avenue, and a white guy came stumbling blind drunk

or so he appeared he had ” bait ” money hanging from his back pocket. I didn’t know that, I just thought here a drunk guy blubbering at me ( he was a good actor )  with money hanging out of his back pocket, even 15 dollars got me a warm room for the night. I took the money and then I felt guilty and was just about to put the money back ( they let me get as far as putting the money back, because they thought I was going to fo back and mug the guy ) but when they saw me putting the money back, they swooped in, about 6 undercover cops.

They had followed a shivering 160 pound skinny young man down the avenue for no other reason than to take advantage of what was an obviously a guy in a bad situation just recently this was reported in the news

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/cops-made-money-fabricating-drug-charges-innocent-people-stephen-anderson-testifies-article-1.960515

 

marzulli@nydailynews.com

 ” it’s not your imagination: the New York Police Department has been planing evidence and framing innocent people all in order to meet arrest quotes.

This comes as an a former New York City narcotics detective, Stephen Anderson, testified in court that the NYPD routinely plants drugs on innocent people. He described this as a “common practice,” a “quick and easy” way for officers to reach arrest quotas.

The practice is known among NYPD cops as “flaking.”

Anderson was busted, along with four other officers, “flaking” four men in Queens back in 2008. He has cooperated with prosecutors, and is admitting that far from a few “bad apples,” this is the modus operandi of the NYPD.

“It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators,” Anderson testified.

“It’s almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they’re going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway.”

A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.

The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.

Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was busted for planting cocaine, a practice known as “flaking,” on four men in a Queens bar in 2008 to help out fellow cop Henry Tavarez, whose buy-and-bust activity had been low.

“Tavarez was … was worried about getting sent back [to patrol] and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case,” he recounted at the corruption trial of Brooklyn South narcotics Detective Jason Arbeeny.

“I had decided to give him [Tavarez] the drugs to help him out so that he could say he had a buy,” Anderson testified last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

He made clear he wasn’t about to pass off the two legit arrests he had made in the bar to Tavarez.

“As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division,” he said.

NYPD officials did not respond to a request for comment.

Anderson worked in the Queens and Brooklyn South narcotics squads and was called to the stand at Arbeeny’s bench trial to show the illegal conduct wasn’t limited to a single squad.

“Did you observe with some frequency this … practice which is taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and laying the drugs on them?”Justice Gustin Reichbach asked Anderson.

“Yes, multiple times,” he replied.

The judge pressed Anderson on whether he ever gave a thought to the damage he was inflicting on the innocent.

“It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators,” he said.

“It’s almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they’re going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway.”

The city paid $300,000 to settle a false arrest suit by Jose Colon and his brother Maximo, who were falsely arrested by Anderson and Tavarez. A surveillance tape inside the bar showed they had been framed.

A federal judge presiding over the suit said the NYPD’s plagued by “widespread falsification” by arresting officers. “

They made me put the money in my pocket, and kept pinching at the veins with what felt like wire cutters .   It was extremely painful, in life you have to deal with the pain and in turn to inflict pain, sometimes for no reason people make it hard on other people just because they can ? Police-persons are people yet some will do anything to make another persons life miserable, why ? why set vulnerable people up whats the benefit from ruining some ones life because of their skin color and because you can ? I have some legal battles to finish, and in a market society ” fair ” comes at a price .

I was just walking down the street  , I might have gotten a job, I was going to ” trail ” at a restaurant in midtown  ( trailing is an exploitive practice , where you work a night as a waiter taking tables but following a staff member to see if you can handle the job, they might hire you they might not, for some places it was just a way to get ” free” help but if nothing else you got a meal out of it. ) But they had to set me up, and then not only that, they had to make it so it impacted my whole life, why ?

So now I have to fight, please donate to the Urban Survivor here, help me right so many wrongs, mines and theirs..
you can help out here

http://www.gofundme.com/helpmakeitright

or directly via here on our website

http://theurbansurvivor.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands Of Homeless Having Sex In Underground Hovels

Michael Snyder
Economic Collapse
April 10, 2013

Did you know that there are thousands upon thousands of homeless people that are living underground beneath the streets of major U.S. cities? It is happening in Las Vegas, it is happening in New York City and it is even happening in Kansas City. As the economy crumbles, poverty in the United States is absolutely exploding and so is homelessness. In addition to the thousands of “tunnel people” living under the streets of America, there are also thousands that are living in tent cities, there are tens of thousands that are living in their vehicles and there are more than a million public school children that do not have a home to go back to at night. The federal government tells us that the recession “is over” and that “things are getting better”, and yet poverty and homelessness in this country continue to rise with no end in sight. So what in the world are things going to look like when the next economic crisis hits?

When I heard that there were homeless people living in a network of underground tunnels beneath the streets of Kansas City, I was absolutely stunned. I have relatives that live in that area. I never thought of Kansas City as one of the more troubled cities in the United States.

But according to the Daily Mail, police recently discovered a network of tunnels under the city that people had been living in…
Below the streets of Kansas City, there are deep underground tunnels where a group of vagrant homeless people lived in camps. These so-called homeless camps have now been uncovered by the Kansas City Police, who then evicted the residents because of the unsafe environment.

Authorities said these people were living in squalor, with piles of garbage and dirty diapers left around wooded areas.
The saddest part is the fact that authorities found dirty diapers in the areas near these tunnels. That must mean that babies were being raised in that kind of an environment.

Unfortunately, this kind of thing is happening all over the nation. In recent years, the tunnel people of Las Vegas have received quite a bit of publicity all over the world. It has been estimated that more than 1,000 people live in the massive network of flood tunnels under the city…

Deep beneath Vegas’s glittering lights lies a sinister labyrinth inhabited by poisonous spiders and a man nicknamed The Troll who wields an iron bar. But astonishingly, the 200 miles of flood tunnels are also home to 1,000 people who eke out a living in the strip’s dark underbelly.Some, like Steven and his girlfriend Kathryn, have furnished their home with considerable care – their 400sq ft ‘bungalow’ boasts a double bed, a wardrobe and even a bookshelf.

Could you imagine living like that? Sadly, for an increasing number of Americans a “normal lifestyle” is no longer an option. Either they have to go to the homeless shelters or they have to try to eke out an existence on their own any way that they can.

In New York City, authorities are constantly trying to root out the people that live in the tunnels under the city and yet they never seem to be able to find them all. The following is from a New York Post article about the “Mole People” that live underneath New York City…

The homeless people who live down here are called Mole People. They do not, as many believe, exist in a separate, organized underground society. It’s more of a solitary existence and loose-knit community of secretive, hard-luck individuals.

The New York Post followed one homeless man known as “John Travolta” on a tour through the underground world. What they discovered was a world that is very much different from what most New Yorkers experience…

In the tunnels, their world is one of malt liquor, tight spaces, schizophrenic neighbors, hunger and spells of heat and cold. Travolta and the others eat fairly well, living on a regimented schedule of restaurant leftovers, dumped each night at different times around the neighborhood above his foreboding home.

Even as the Dow hits record high after record high, poverty in New York City continues to rise at a very frightening pace. Incredibly, the number of homeless people sleeping in the homeless shelters of New York City has increased by a whopping 19 percent over the past year.

In many of our major cities, the homeless shelters are already at maximum capacity and are absolutely packed night after night. Large numbers of homeless people are often left to fend for themselves.
That is one reason why we have seen the rise of so many tent cities.
Yes, the tent cities are still there, they just aren’t getting as much attention these days because they do not fit in with the “economic recovery” narrative that the mainstream media is currently pushing.

In fact, many of the tent cities are larger than ever. For example, you can check out a Reuters video about a growing tent city in New Jersey that was posted on YouTube at the end of March right here. A lot of these tent cities have now become permanent fixtures, and unfortunately they will probably become much larger when the next major economic crisis strikes.

But perhaps the saddest part of all of this is the massive number of children that are suffering night after night.
For the first time ever, more than a million public school children in the United States are homeless. That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

So if things are really “getting better”, then why in the world do we have more than a million public school children without homes?
These days a lot of families that have lost their homes have ended up living in their vehicles. The following is an excerpt from a 60 Minutes interview with one family that is living in their truck…

This is the home of the Metzger family. Arielle,15. Her brother Austin, 13. Their mother died when they were very young. Their dad, Tom, is a carpenter. And, he’s been looking for work ever since Florida’s construction industry collapsed. When foreclosure took their house, he bought the truck on Craigslist with his last thousand dollars. Tom’s a little camera shy – thought we ought to talk to the kids – and it didn’t take long to see why.

Pelley: How long have you been living in this truck?

Arielle Metzger: About five months.

Pelley: What’s that like?

Arielle Metzger: It’s an adventure.

Austin Metzger: That’s how we see it.

Pelley: When kids at school ask you where you live, what do you tell ‘em?

Austin Metzger: When they see the truck they ask me if I live in it, and when I hesitate they kinda realize. And they say they won’t tell anybody.

Arielle Metzger: Yeah it’s not really that much an embarrassment. I mean, it’s only life. You do what you need to do, right?

But after watching a news report or reading something on the Internet about these people we rapidly forget about them because they are not a part of “our world”.

Another place where a lot of poor people end up is in prison. In aprevious article, I detailed how the prison population in the United States has been booming in recent years. If you can believe it, the United States now has approximately 25 percent of the entire global prison population even though it only has about 5 percent of the total global population.

And these days it is not just violent criminals that get thrown into prison. If you lose your job and get behind on your bills, you could be thrown into prison as well. The following is from a recent CBS News article…

Roughly a third of U.S. states today jail people for not paying off their debts, from court-related fines and fees to credit card and car loans, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Such practices contravene a 1983 United States Supreme Court ruling that they violate the Constitutions’s Equal Protection Clause.

Some states apply “poverty penalties,” such as late fees, payment plan fees and interest, when people are unable to pay all their debts at once. Alabama charges a 30 percent collection fee, for instance, while Florida allows private debt collectors to add a 40 percent surcharge on the original debt. Some Florida counties also use so-called collection courts, where debtors can be jailed but have no right to a public defender. In North Carolina, people are charged for using a public defender, so poor defendants who can’t afford such costs may be forced to forgo legal counsel.

The high rates of unemployment and government fiscal shortfalls that followed the housing crash have increased the use of debtors’ prisons, as states look for ways to replenish their coffers. Said Chettiar, “It’s like drawing blood from a stone. States are trying to increase their revenue on the backs of the poor.”
If you are poor, the United States can be an incredibly cold and cruel place. Mercy and compassion are in very short supply.

The middle class continues to shrink and poverty continues to grow with each passing year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one out of every six Americans is now living in poverty. And if you throw in those that are considered to be “near poverty”, that number becomes much larger. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 146 million Americans are either “poor” or “low income”.

For many more facts about the rapid increase of poverty in this country, please see my previous article entitled “21 Statistics About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Everyone Should Know“.But even as poverty grows, it seems like the hearts of those that still do have money are getting colder. Just check out what happened recently at a grocery store that was in the process of closing down in Augusta, Georgia…

Residents filled the parking lot with bags and baskets hoping to get some of the baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables. But a local church never came to pick up the food, as the storeowner prior to the eviction said they had arranged. By the time the people showed up for the food, what was left inside the premises—as with any eviction—came into the ownership of the property holder, SunTrust Bank.

The bank ordered the food to be loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill instead of distributed. The people that gathered had to be restrained by police as they saw perfectly good food destroyed. Local Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the news “a potential for a riot was extremely high.”

Can you imagine watching that happen?

But of course handouts and charity are only temporary solutions. What the poor in this country really need are jobs, and unfortunately there has not been a jobs recovery in the United States since the recession ended.

In fact, the employment crisis looks like it is starting to take another turn for the worse. The number of layoffs in the month of March was 30 percent higher than the same time a year ago.

Meanwhile, small businesses are indicating that hiring is about to slow down significantly. According to a recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, small businesses in the United States are extremely pessimistic right now. The following is what Goldman Sachs had to say about this survey…

Components of the survey were consistent with the decline in headline optimism, as the net percent of respondents planning to hire fell to 0% (from +4%), those expecting higher sales fell to -4% (from +1%), and those reporting that it is a good time to expand ticked down to +4% (from +5%). The net percent of respondents expecting the economy to improve was unchanged at -28%, a very depressed level. However, on the positive side, +25% of respondents plan increased capital spending [ZH: With Alcoa CapEx spending at a 2 year low]. Small business owners continue to place poor sales, taxes, and red tape at the top of their list of business problems, as they have for the past several years.

So why aren’t our politicians doing anything to fix this? For example, why in the world don’t they stop millions of our jobs from being sent out of the country? Well, the truth is that they don’t think we have a problem. In fact, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson recently said that U.S. trade deficits “don’t matter”.

He apparently does not seem alarmed that more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities have been shut down in the United States since 2001.And since the last election, the White House has seemed to have gone into permanent party mode.
On Tuesday, another extravagant party will be held at the White House. It is being called “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul”, and it is going to include some of the biggest names in the music industry…

As the White House has previously announced, Justin Timberlake (who will be making his White House debut), Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, and others will be performing at the exclusive event.

And so who will be paying for all of this?

You and I will be. Even as the Obamas cry about all of the other “spending cuts” that are happening, they continue to blow millions of taxpayer dollars on wildly extravagant parties and vacations.

Overall, U.S. taxpayers will spend well over a billion dollars on the Obamas this year.

I wonder what the tunnel people that live under the streets of America think about that.

This article was posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:01 am
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Ontario Resources

Hamilton

Emergency Shelters for Men

Good Shepherd Centre
905-528-9109
135 Mary Street, Box 1003,
Hamilton, ON L8N 3R1

Emergency shelter for men in need of temporary accommodation. A daily hot meal is served for non-residents as well. Bag lunch available, also a food bank. Clothing and household items available if needed.

Mission Services Men’s Residence
905-528-7635
325 James Street North,
Hamilton, ON L8L 1H3

Programs available to adult men experiencing a crisis in housing, clothing, finances, and personal well-being. Also emergency men’s shelter.

Booth Centre Single Men’s Hostel
905-527-1444
94 York Boulevard,
Hamilton, ON L8R 1R6

Emergency shelter for men. Provides a bag lunch. Also a daily traveling meal van stopping at several downtown locations between 9 pm and midnight. Call for schedule

Emergency Shelters for Women

Interval House
Crisis Line: 905-387-8881
Business Line: 905-387-9959

A transition house for battered/abused women and their children. Provides meals, emergency clothing and personal needs, 7 days a week.

Martha House
Crisis Line: 905-523-6277
Business Line: 905-523-8895

Emergency family shelter specializing in the care of victims of domestic violence. 28 bed security-equipped transition house for women and children in crisis.

Mary’s Place
905-540-8000

9 bed emergency shelter for homeless women 18 years and older who may experience difficulty in accessing the shelter system.

Native Women’s Centre
905-522-1501

Provides safe emergency shelter for all women regardless of age, ancestry, culture, place of origin or sexual orientation, with or without children, who are experiencing a crisis in their lives due to family violence, homelessness, or conflict with the law.

Inasmuch House
Crisis Line: 905-529-8600
Business Line: 905-529-8149

Emergency shelter for abused and homeless women and their children, as well as female teenagers over the age of 16.
Emergency Shelters for Youth (Ages 16-21)

Notre Dame House
905-308-8090
14 Cannon Street West,
Hamilton, ON L8R 3B3

There are 11 beds available for males and 9 beds available for females. Laundry facilities and meals are provided. Additional services are provided through their resource centre from 9-5 p.m. daily. These include school, employment counselling, addictions counsellings, public health nurse.

http://www.hamilton.ca/HealthandSocialServices/SocialServices/Housing/emergencyShelters.htm

OTTAWA

Here is a list of resources for homeless people in the Ottawa area. Inside, you will find links to food, shelter, and other information. Please suggest a link.

Shelters
Catholic Immigration Services provides temporary accomodations, food, clothing, information, counselling, orientation workshops, and translation services.
Contact: (613) 789-4338
http://www.cic.ca

John Howard Society of Ottawa provides a structured home-like environment for people who require help making transitions (ie:employment, education)(613) 236-3077
http://www.ottawa.johnhoward.ca

National Capital Region YMCA/YWCA
provides single adults with partly furnished rooms for monthly rental, health and wellness facility membership, local phone services; to provide adults and families: accomodations, local phone services, facility access, food money; To provide youth aged 16 to 19 with furnished room, phone and gym access, life skills programs, and goal-setting and achievement program; and to provide on a user pay basis referrals to a budget hotel on nightly or weekly basis for crisis or transient use.
Contact: (613) 788-5063
http://www.educom.on.ca/ymca-ywca/

Shepard’s of Good Hope provides shelter, food, addiction recovery programs, and supportive housing.
Contact: (613) 789-8210
www.shepherdsofgoodhope.com

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa-Carleton provides rent-geared-to-income housing for youth; and works to re-integrate residents back into the community.
Contact: (613) 729-1000
http://www.ysb.on.ca

Women’s Shelters
Centre Espoir Sophie est une halte accueil qui offre un soutien pratique (repas, paniers de nourriture, produits hygiéniques, buanderie, coupes de cheveux) et émotionnel (accompagnement, écoute, ateliers et activités) aux femmes et à leurs enfants.
Contact: (613) 789-5119
www.centreespoirsophie.ca

Interval House of Ottawa-Carleton provides temporary shelter for women and there children who are escaping domestic violence.
Contact: (613) 234-8511

Harmony House provides medium-term supportive housing for women and their children, who have survived violent relationships.
Contact: (613) 233-3386
www.harmonyhousews.com

Cornerstone / Pilier provides emergency shelter and supportive housing for a of women.
Contact: (613) 237-4669
http://www.alexhoughton.com/cornerstone/

Food

Shepard’s of Good Hope provides food to those in need.
Contact: (613) 789-8210
www.shepherdsofgoodhope.com

Carlington Community and Health Services provides a walk-in clinic, employment guidance; youth programs; newcomers support and nutrition and cooking together.
Contact: (613) 722-4000

Sandy Hill Community Health Centre provides the opportunity for the group to cook and eat a meal together and take food home, along with vitamins and milk vouchers, and helps with babysitting of older children. Also provides bus tickets.
Contact: (613) 789-1500
http://www.sandyhillchc.on.ca

Medical Services
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Advocate and provide client-directed services and programs with and for people with mental health problems. Enhance, promote and maintain the mental health of individuals and communities through education and awareness.
Contact: 613-737-7791
http://www.cmhaottawa.ca/

Carlington Community and Health Services
Provides a walk-in clinic, employment guidance; youth programs; newcomers support and nutrition and cooking together.
Contact: (613) 722-4000

Centretown Community Health Centre Support for people living on the street or in shelters; health care, outreach and assistance to obtain a health card. Support for people without health insurance.
Contact: (613) 233-4443

Ottawa Inner City Health Project Provide health care services to men and women who are chronically homeless and unable to use regular services due to lifestyle or complex health needs. Four main health services are provided to chronically homeless individuals in Ottawa’s downtown core:
Contact: (613) 562-4500
http://www.med.uottawa.ca/ichpsuo/Home_Page.htm

Royal Ottawa Hospital Our mission is to look for better ways to improve the delivery of services to better meet the needs of the homeless and mentally ill populations.
Contact: (613) 722-6521 x6
http://www.rohcg.on.ca

Somerset West Community Health Centre Provides clients with primary health care, education, technical training, life skills, and employment skills that are tied to today’s world.
Contact: (613) 238-8210
www.swchc.on.ca

Miscellaneous

Alliance to End Homelessness A coalition of community stakeholders committed to working collaboratively to eliminate homelessness by gaining a better understanding of homelessness and developing and implementing strategies to end it
Contact: (613) 241-7913 x 205

Centre 507 Association of Ottawa Provides services to people who are disadvantaged both economically and socially, responding to their changing needs through a variety of free programs.
Contact: (613) 233-5626
http://centre507.ncf.ca/

Financial and Employment Support Provides financial assistance in emergency situations, offering numerous services and programs for senior citizens, immigrants/refugees, the disabled, the homeless, and others.
Contact: (613) 580-2400
http://city.ottawa.on.ca

Housing Help (Ottawa) Assists homeless families and individuals living in shelters in finding find affordable housing.
Contact: (613) 563-4532
http://www.housinghelp.on.ca

National Anti-Poverty Organization Works to ensure that the concerns of low-income people in Canada are heard and respected.
Contact: (613) 789-0096
http://www.napo-onap.ca/

Rideau Street Youth Enterprises Creating opportunities for street and at-risk youth to develop the practical skills and experience they need to enter (or re-enter) the work force, and to become active, contributing members of the local community.
Contact: (613) 562-3864

Salvation Army Offers rehabilitation to men suffering from drug and alcohol addiction through a residential twelve-step recovery program and other addiction services; assists men who are homeless or living in poverty in achieving a substance abuse free lifestyle.
Contact: (613) 241-1573

TORONTO

http://www.211toronto.ca/splash.jsp
your connection to information about community, social, health and government services.

http://ootc.ca/
The Out Of The Cold program provides emergency food and overnight shelter during winter months.

Homeless Nation Toronto’s community partners.

http://www.youthlink.ca/innercity.htm
Youth Link Inner City provides drop-in and outreach services to street involved and homeless youth.

http://sketch.ca/
Working arts for street involved and homeless youth.

http://www.stchrishouse.org/adults/meeting-place/
The Meeting Place offers drop-in services to homeless and underhoused adults.

The Parkdale Activity – Recreation Centre offers drop-in and outreach supports to psychiatric survivors and socially isolated adults.

http://tdrc.net/index.php?page=home

Toronto Disaster Relief Committee
Political advocacy group working to end homelessness with a national housing strategy, and to relieve suffering of homeless people by advocating for better emergency relief measures in Toronto, including increased shelter space and public health services * no individual case work

http://ocap.ca/
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Direct action anti-poverty organization * campaigns against regressive government policies * advocates for individuals facing eviction, termination of social assistance & deportation.

http://homelessnation.org/en/node/336

BC Homeless Shelters

Please note that the shelter list is organized alphabetically by community, and includes information on client type. Use their address or phone number to confirm vacancy and application process (varies by shelter.)
S = Shelter
D = Drop-in

 

SHELTER  CONTACT #BEDS 
TYPE 
 
CLIENT
 
             
Abbotsford
Centre of Hope – Salvation Army  
34081 Gladys Ave
604-852-9305
20
Men and Women
 
                                                       
Campbell River
Evergreen Shelter – Salvation Army   690 Evergreen Road
250-287-3720
22
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Chetwynd
Red Lion Inn – The Red Lion Tavern Ltd.   4812 North Access Road
250-788-2755
3
S
Men and Women
 
             
Chilliwack      
Brigadier Arthur Carmell House – Salvation Army   45746 Yale Road
604-792-4486
11
S
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Courtenay
Pidcock House – Salvation Army   632 Pidcock Avenue
250-338-5133
14
Men and Women 
 
             
Dawson Creek
Aspen Court Hostel – Stepping Stones Ventures Ltd.   1032 -105th Avenue
250-782-9886
8
S
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Duncan
Warmland House – CMHA   2579 Lewis Street
250-715-1132
15 S
Men and Women
 
             
Fort Nelson
Fort Nelson Men’s Hostel – Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society   4903 48th Avenue
250-774-3816
6
Men
 
             
Fort St.John
Fort St John Shelter – Salvation Army   10116 100th Avenue
250-785-2538 
20
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Hope
Hope and Area Transition Society Shelter   63030 Flood Hope Road
604-869-1880 (M-F)
604-869-1557 (weekends)
2
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Kamloops
Emerald Hostel – CMHA   207 West Victoria Street
250-372-3031
38
Men
 
             
Emerald House – CMHA  
250-828-1121
SD 
Women and their children
 
             
Kelowna
Kelowna Gospel Mission   251 Leon Avenue
250-763-3737
 60
Men
 
             
Alexandra Gardner Safe Centre – New Opportunites for Women (NOW) Canada Society   250-763-2262
20
Women and Families
 
             
Langley
Gateway of Hope – Salvation Army   5787 Langley Bypass
604-514-7375
30 S
Men and women
 
             
Maple Ridge  
Caring Place – Salvation Army   22188 Lougheed Highway
604-463-8296 (night 604-807-8290)
25
S
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Mission  
Haven in the Hollow- Mission Community Services Society   32646 Logan Avenue
604-820-9008
20
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Nanaimo
Samaritan House – Island Crisis Care Society   250-753-1474
20
Women and Families
 
             
New Hope Centre – Salvation Army   19 Nicol Street
250-714-1142
23
Men
 
             
Nelson
Stepping Stones for Success – Nelson CARES Society   7-567 Ward Street
250-352-9876
17
Men, Women and Families
 
             
New Westminster
Elizabeth Gurney House – Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver   604-524-0710
12
Women and their Children
 
             
Fraserside Emergency Shelter   604-525-3929
12
Women and Families
 
             
The Russell – Lookout Emergency Aid Society   740 Carnarvon
604-529-9126
15
Men
 
             
Stevenson House – Salvation Army   32 Elliot Street
604-526-4783
14
Men
 
             
North Vancouver
North Shore Shelter – Lookout Emergency Aid Society   705 West 2nd Street
604-982-9126
 45
Men and Women
 
             
Penticton
Compass House – Salvation Army   123 Nanaimo Street
250-490-9521
11
Men
 
             
Port Alberni
Port Alberni Shelter   3978 8th Avenue
250-723-6511
12
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Prince George
Bridget Moran Place – Active Support Against Poverty   590 Dominion Street
250-563-6112
30
SD 
Men, Women and Families
 
             
AWAC Shelter – An Association Advocating for Women and Children   250-562-6262
30
SD
Women and their Children
 
             
Ketso Yoh Centre Men’s Hostel – Prince George Native Friendship Centre Society   160 Quebec Street
250-563-1982 
21
SD 
Men
 
             
Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert Shelter – Salvation Army   25 Grenville Court
250-624-6325
10
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Quesnel
Seasons House – Quesnel Shelter and Support Society   146 Carson Ave
250-991-0222
10
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Richmond
Richmond House Men’s Shelter – Salvation Army   3111 Shell Road
604-276-2490
10
Men
 
             
Smithers
Broadway Place – Smithers Community Services Association   9872 Broadway Avenue
250-847-4660
7
Men and Women
 
             
Squamish            
Squamish Shelter – Squamish Helping Hands Society   37930 Third Avenue
604-815-4984
15 S
Men and Women
 
             
Surrey
Sheena’s Place – Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver   604-581-1538
12
S
Women and their Children
 
             
Cynthia’s Place – Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver   604-582-2456
14
Women and their Children
 
             
Hyland House –   Options: Services to Communities Society   6595 King George Highway
604-599-8900
35
Men and Women
 
             
Gateway Shelter and Front Room Drop In – South Fraser Community Services Society   10667 135 A Street
604-589-7777
40
Men and Women
 
             
Cloverdale Shelter – Options Services to Communities   17910 Colebrook Road
604-574-4341
10 S
 Men and Women
 
             
Terrace
Ksan House   2812 Hall Street
250-635-2373
16
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Vancouver
Bridge Women’s Emergency Shelter – Atira Women’s Resource Society   604-331-1407
12
Women
 
             
Catholic Charities Men’s Hostel    828 Cambie
604-443-3292
102
Men
 
             
Convenant House   525 Drake Street
604-685-7474
54 S
Young Men and Women
 
             
Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre   604-715-8480
50
Women
 
             
Yukon Shelter – Lookout Emergency Aid Society   2088 Yukon Street
604-264-1680
71
Men and Women
 
             
Lookout Downtown Shelter – Lookout Emergency Aid Society   346 Alexander Street
604-681-9126
46
S
Men and Women
 
             
St. Elizabeth Home – St. James Community Services Society   604-606-0412
32
Women and their Children
 
             
Powell Place –  St. James Community Services Society   604-606-0364 52 S
Women
 
             
The Umbrella – St James Community Services   604-684-191
fax: 604-684-1914
26 S
Women
 
             
Belkin House – Salvation Army   555 Homer Street
604-681-3405
70
S
 Men and Women
 
             
The Haven – Salvation Army   128 East Cordova Street
604-646-6800 (night: 646-6806)
40
S
Men
 
             
The Beacon – Salvation Army   136 East Cordova Street
604-646-6875
60
Men
 
             
Crosswalk – Salvation Army   108 West Hastings Street
604-669-4349
35
S
Men and Women
 
             
Vi Fineday Family Shelter   604-736-2423
18
Women and Families
 
             
Triage Shelter – RainCity Housing and Support Society   707 Powell Street
604-254-3700
28
Men and Women
 
             
The Gathering Place – City of Vancouver   604-665-2391 D    
             
Evelyne Saller Centre – City of Vancouver   604-665-3075 D    
             
Vernon
Howard House – John Howard Society   2307 43rd Street
250-542-4041
24
S
Men
 
             
Gateway Support Services for Men and Women – John Howard Society   2800 33rd Street
Men: 250-260-2792
Women: 250-260-2786
25
Men and Women
 
             
Victoria
Out of the Rain Night Shelter – Beacon Community Services   Various locations
250-415-3856 / 250-884-3701
30
Young Men and Women (seasonal)
 
             
Our Place    
Drop-in
 
             
Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre – Salvation Army   525 Johnston Street
250-384-3396
21
S
Men
 
             
Next Steps – Victoria Cool Aid Society   2317 Dowler Place
250-381-2159
15
S
Men and Women
 
             
  535 Ellice St
250-383-1951
84
Men, Women and Families
 
             
Sandy Merriman House – Victoria Cool Aid Society   809 Burdett Ave
250-480-1408
25
Women
 
             
Williams Lake
Cariboo Friendship Society   99 South Third Avenue
250-398-6831
30
S
Men, Women and Families
 
             
             
Vancouver Homeless Emergency Action Team (HEAT) Shelters   
 
SHELTER   CONTACT  BEDS    CLIENT  
             
New Fountain Shelter
Portland Hotel Society
  51B W. Cordova St
604-331-1246
40
 
Men and Women
 
             
Aboriginal Central Street Shelter
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society
  201 Central St.
604-720-9761
100
 
Men and Women
 
             
First United Church Refuge
First United Church
  320 Hastings St.
604-681-8365
200
 
Men and Women