Hostels and Homelessness Prevention

Niagara Region manages the administration of homelessness prevention programs and:

  • Works with local service agencies and the Niagara Homelessness Advisory Committee to develop strategies that address the needs of the community
  • Accesses funding from the federal and provincial governments to help support the community
  • Contracts with agencies for shelter placement and hostel provision

For more information about Homelessness Prevention Programs, call 905-984-6900, ext. 3863.

Housing Programs and Services

The following organizations offer services and programs to help with your housing needs.

  • Fort Erie

    Casa El Norte

    • Transitional home offering shelter for refugees coming into Canada

    Matthew House

    • Assistance to refugees and recent immigrants to Canada
    • 30 day stay
    • Help residents with legal documents, bank accounts, doctors appointments, driving tests, language classes, grocery shopping and apartment hunting
  • Grimsby

    Grimsby Affordable Housing Partnership

    • Provides supportive transitional housing, subsidized rent and program supports to assist low to moderate income families and individuals, the homeless, and those at risk of homelessness

    Grimsby Benevolent Fund

    • Non-profit organization providing food, clothing, furniture, housewares, temporary emergency accommodation, Christmas hampers, toys and Christmas dinner, limited utility, transportation, dental and vision assistance to low income residents
  • Lincoln

    Community Care of West Niagara

    • Emergency and community assistance of food, clothing, Christmas Program and household goods
    • Information and referrals to other available resources
    • Vouchers for used clothing shop onsite
  • Niagara Falls

    Nightlight Youth Shelter

    • Emergency shelter for homeless and at risk-youth
    • Designed to assist up to 10 youth reach their full potential through shelter and program services

    Project Share

    • Emergency food program
    • Emergency utility program assists with people who are in threat of being disconnected for heat, water or gas utilities

    Women's Place of South Niagara Inc.

    • Emergency shelter at Nova House in Niagara Falls and in Welland at Serenity Place
    • Free and confidential temporary accommodations and meals for women and their children
    • Interactive life skills sessions offering practical assistance, emotional support and skill development towards independent living
    • Other client services include help with addressing employment, financial, housing and legal concerns, child and youth services, individual and group counselling and immigrant and refugee support

    YWCA Niagara Region

    • Emergency housing for women and their children in a safe and home-like environment
    • Private bedroom, shared common space and three healthy meals that offer nourishment and warmth
    • Men's Modified Shelter provides emergency housing services to 12 chronically homeless men
  • Port Colborne

    Port Cares

    • Wide range of services on an individual case basis including: advocacy, housing, domestic, addictions, emergency food, basic needs, utilities, medical, crisis situations, transportation, education and employment referrals
  • St. Catharines

    Bethlehem Projects of Niagara

    • Transitional housing for people facing issues of poverty, abuse, homelessness, and family breakdown
    • Permanent housing for people of low to moderate income including those with specific needs such as people with disabilities, victims of violence and the homeless
    • Assistance with housing, referrals, life skills and advocacy for residents leaving transitional housing

    Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara Branch

    • Crisis beds: short-term accommodation (3-5 days) for non-medical crisis resolution
    • Individuals are helped to access and maintain housing, learn basic life skills and are linked with community resources
    • Phase II Homelessness Initiative: to provide a combination of affordable housing and the ongoing, flexible supports to maintain the housing for individuals with serious mental health issues who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
    • Group Living: provided for individuals who are preparing to live independently. Home support counsellors are available for those with moderate support needs (up to 4 hours in group homes) and high support needs (up to 7 hours in modified lodging homes)
    • Transitional housing support is also available

    Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold

    • Emergency and security food program
    • Christmas Program
    • Free Clothing program
    • Thrift shop (Thorold)
    • Housing Help Program; provides a full continuum of services and supports to individuals and families who are struggling with poverty related issues, assists individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to find affordable safe, adequate housing with a wide range of services on an individual case basis including: advocacy, housing searches, laundry, domestic violence, addictions, mental health, basic needs, utilities, medical, crisis situations, transportation, education, identification applications, and employment referrals
    • Emergency utility program assists people who are in threat of being disconnected for heat, water or gas utilities
    • Regional outreach Worker
    • Regional Youth trusteeship in partnership with Ontario Works
    • Voluntary trusteeship in partnership with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (Ontario Disability Support Program)

    Gillian's Place

    • Shelter for abused women and children providing safe refuge and non-residential programs that enable women and their children to break the cycle of violence
    • Emergency safe shelter, meals and clothing as well as child and youth programs to help children dealing with the trauma they have experienced
    • Provides immediate assistance through a 24/7 support line, 24-hour support counseling, one-on-one and group counseling

    Salvation Army Booth Centre

    • Overnight accommodation and meals are provided to transient men over age 18
    • Meals, clothing, life skills program available to clients

    Southridge Shelter

    • Temporary housing and shelter for men and/or women over the age of 18 who are homeless in dormitory style shelter with washroom/bath/shower/laundry facilities and provides breakfast, lunch and dinner to the residents
    • Assistance with finding permanent housing

    YWCA Niagara Region

    • Emergency housing for women and their children in a safe and home-like environment
    • Private bedroom, shared common space and three healthy meals that offer nourishment and warmth
    • Programs available for children staying at the centre (St Catharines)
    • Staff assists with goal planning and accessing community resources during search for affordable housing

    Start Me Up Niagara

    • Housing preservation offers individualized support to individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness to maintain housing
    • Drop In Centre with interest based activities, offers coffee and snacks during the week and a meal on the weekends

    The Raft

    • Provides shelter and support to homeless and high risk youth in Niagara
    • Hostel Shelter is open 24 hours a day seven days a week and provides a clean bed, showers, Clothing Closet and Food Cupboard and warm healthy meals
    • Additional support includes: Steps to Independent Living Program, recreation activities, support and mentorship, internet and phone access, assistance in connecting to community support services for employment, education and housing assistance
  • Welland

    Open Doors Concepts Inc. (Canal View Homes)

    • A non-profit housing complex offering affordable housing and support for individuals and families
    • Accessible units available

    The HOPE Centre

    • Provides a full continuum of services and supports to individuals and families who are struggling with poverty related issues including a 24-hour emergency hostel and weekday free lunches
    • Assist in finding affordable housing

    Women's Place of South Niagara Inc.

    • Emergency shelter at Nova House in Niagara Falls and in Welland at Serenity Place
    • Free and confidential temporary accommodations and meals for women and their children
    • Interactive life skills sessions offering practical assistance, emotional support and skill development towards independent living
    • Other client services include help with addressing employment, financial, housing and legal concerns, child and youth services, individual and group counselling and immigrant and refugee support
  • West Lincoln

    West Lincoln Community Care

    • Provides emergency food, vouchers for special needs, Christmas clothing, gifts and food boxes


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