• What is Shelter Now? • Why the Need? • Who Do we Help? • Programming • Mission/Vision/Values/Beliefs
• Accomplishments • Letters of Support/In Focus – Seeking Shelter
Interior Unit - Bathroom
Interior Unit â€“ Living Room
Interior Unit - Kitchen
A Leader in the Development of Solutions to Homelessness
Registered Charitable Organization (2004)
“Hartog House” Grand Opening Transitional Housing
Shelter Now’s Strategy – Four Components Affordable Housing Outreach/Network of Support Prevention Sustainability
Our Exciting Future Phase II
ď ś Temporary or interim accommodation for homeless or at-risk of homelessness individuals and/or families that is combined with case managed support services, aimed at helping these individuals to transition to long-term and permanent housing, self-sufficiency and independence. ď ś While transitional housing is usually longer term and more service intensive than emergency shelter, it is still time limited, with stays ranging from several months to one year.
Homelessness is real in our community.
Many are not getting their basic needs met.
With a higher than average percentage of people with disabilities, and higher than average number dependent on social assistance, many are paying 50-80% or more of their income on housing.
Based on surveys of the local housing registries in Simcoe County and homelessness advocacy agencies, there were at least 7,500 people who experienced homelessness locally in 2008. (SCAETH Report Card)
Many of our residents have experienced “couch-surfing”
PROGRAM STATISTICS 2010
AGE DEMOGRAPHIC 2010
Referred Not Admitted
60+ 35-60 25-34 18-24
Lifeskills Socialization Coping Skills Support Groups Daily Routines
Crafts Gone Fishinâ€™
Making Stewed Tomatoes
Summer Fish Fry
Fun at the Farm
â€œWe will contribute to a healthy vibrant community by ensuring that those most vulnerable have access to safe affordable housing and supports to ensure independence and self-sufficiency.â€?
â€œWe are an innovative organization, open to change, new ideas and concepts, embracing the culture of innovation and progressive thinking in pursuit of our mission.â€?
Stable housing is a basic determinant of health.
Ensuring access to safe affordable housing leads to healthier communities.
Local communities benefit from creating a range of opportunities for safe affordable housing.
Vulnerable people need supports to increase the likelihood that stable housing can be maintained over time.
To achieve significant cost benefit to the community, services must be coordinated to compliment existing resources and maximize the use of new resources.
Individuals and families need a responsive system in place when they experience homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.
Recipient of “Seed Funding” from Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant (2006-2009).
Generous donations from the Weber Foundation and the Late Robbert Hartog.
Completion of “Hartog House”.
Permanently Housed 100% of Clients That Completed the Individual Transitional Housing Program.
Simcoe County’s Largest Transitional Housing Provider.
Purchase of Lands for Phase II
Sonia, Thank you for accepting me into Shelter Now. After leaving an abusive marriage, I needed a quiet little place to call my own. Each day I get more self-confidence. I like to drop by the office to discuss my goals and get perspective on how to reach them. I wish other towns had the opportunity to have a “Shelter Now” to get people back on their feet. Your programs have helped me to “empower myself”. I feel like I am making huge strides daily for self awareness and security. Thanks, Linda P.
Dear Ms. Storey, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation for all of your efforts as well as the efforts and support of your staff for one of my parolees. When the individual in question was released from one of our federal institutions he had VERY limited support; he was virtually homeless. Your agency came along side of this individual and gave him WONDERFUL accommodations at your facility on Hartman Drive in Midland. In the 9 months your staff has been involved with this individual he has become increasingly independent and more confident in himself and his abilities. This is my first encounter with your agency and I am extremely grateful for all of your support for this individual which in turn has supported the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and also contributed to the protection of society by assisting this individual with a truly successfully reintegration. This individualâ€™s sentence is complete as of this date 2010-0630 and I know that you will continue to be involved with him in your community. This individual is now living by himself in an apartment which you also found for him and he is keeping quite busy with some of the jobs you have also found for him; maintenance work for his landlord as well as mowing lawns. You are also aware of this individualâ€™s appreciation and thanks to you and your staff. Once again, thank you to you and your staff on behalf of myself and CSC Barrie Parole. I look forward to working you and your agency again in the event I have other individuals in similar circumstances. Sincerely, A. Doucette Parole Officer