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Emergency Shelters in Halton and Area - How to Find

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Record #: BTN4778 Last Full Update: 05 Apr 2014
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Agency and Service Names
Alternate NameEmergency Housing ; Halton Lighthouse Shelter ; Safe Beds
Agency Information
Parent Agency NameGeneral Topics and Information
Service Level(50) Non Profit ; (51) Registered Charity
Service Information
Service DescriptionThis record provides an overview and index of shelters in Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville. 
Salvation Army Halton Lighthouse Shelter  
The Lighthouse Shelter in Oakville is the general emergency shelter for Halton * shelter may be able to arrange transportation from Burlington  
For intake, call Halton Region 905-825-6000 and dial 0 for receptionist * during business hours (Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30) caller will speak with an intake worker * after business hours Halton Region switchboard can transfer calls directly to Lighthouse Shelter direct line 905-339-2918 
Halton Womens Place (Mon-Sun 24 hours) 
Administration 905-332-1200 * crisis phone 905-332-7892 
Canadian Mental Health Association, Safe Place * for people who are in crisis, have mental health and/or addiction concerns, and need safe or emergency shelter  
Call Safe Place at 905-849-8443 or COAST at 1-877-825-9011  
Halton residents may use shelters in other communities if space is available (call ahead) * transportation may be available through Halton Lighthouse Shelter or the destination shelter 
1) Good Shepherd Centre  
Has separate shelters for men, women, youth and those with mental health issues  
Men's Shelter 905-528-9109 * Martha House Women's Crisis Line and shelter 905-523-6277 * Youth Shelter 905-308-8090 * Barrett Centre 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line and shelter 905-529-7878 
2) Mission Services of Hamilton 
Men's Residence 905-528-7635 * Inasmuch House (for single women 16 and older and for mothers and their children), 905-529-8149 * women's crisis phone (24 hrs) 905-529-8600  
3) Native Womens Centre 905-664-1114, toll-free 1-888-308-6559, accepts long-distance and local collect crisis calls 
For women of any age, ancestry or sexual orientation, with or without children  
Call Street Helpline Peel 1-877-848-8481 
See Wellington County shelter Information  
1) Toronto central shelter intake line: 416-338-4766 * Toll Free 1-877-338-3398 (GTA only) 
2) Ernestine's Women's Shelter: Toll-Free 1-866-863-0511 provides emergency housing for abused women and their children 
3) Fem'Aide, Ligne de soutien pour femmes francophones victimes de violence 1-877-336-2433 (1-877-FEMAIDE)  
Niagara Region  
To find shelter contact information call 211Niagara (24/7) 1-800-263-3695
Supplemental DescriptionNOTES TO STAFF 
* If the person is in immediate danger they should hang up and call 911 * if they can't, determine their location and keep them on the line while using another phone to call 911 on their behalf  
* If you think the person poses a safety risk to themselves or others stop working the question -- instead, keep the person on the line and work with a colleague or another phone to call 911  
In all other cases: 
* We DO NOT have a 'duty of care' to intervene against someone's will (this is also true for people with mental health issues or developmental disabilities) * the person seeking shelter should be left fully in charge of all decisions and wherever possible initiate all actions 
* If client asks you to initiate a call to a shelter, feel free to do so, but no shelter will offer a bed without speaking directly to the person seeking shelter.  
People who may have mental illness:  
* If they self-identify as having mental illness, include the Safe Place program in the options you offer  
* If they DON'T self-identify, don't try to diagnose -- but if you think they'll be receptive, you can say something like "you seem to be struggling" or "would you benefit from a shelter that provides some extra help or counselling?" (or just describe all available options, being sure to identify which client groups each serves, then leave it to the client to choose which they want to pursue).  
This record shows all the local options we're aware of  
We know of no church or other Out of the Cold overnight stay programs * Halton Police will not allow people to stay in police stations unless they have been detained * Motel rooms are used by Halton Region ONLY for families with children 
Areas ServedHalton Region ; and area
Site Information
Located In CommunityHalton Region
Wheelchair AccessibilityUnknown or Not Applicable - accessibility varies by location
Taxonomy and Classification
Service CategoriesDomestic Violence Shelters ; Homeless Shelter