In the State of Homelessness in Canada 2016 report, it was estimated that at least 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness in a given year.
The actual number is potentially much higher, given that many people who are unhoused live with friends or relatives, and do not come into contact with emergency shelters.
Links to help you
The first thing anyone facing homelessness needs is housing. Our emergency housing is for youth between 16 and 24 who are fleeing an unsafe home environment, those who have lost their housing, and young people who have spent time on the streets. Youth Haven’s house features 10 beds for those identifying as young men and 6 beds for those identifying as young women.
Every Monday at the Collingwood Public Library a Youth Outreach Worker is accessible between the hours of 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Youth Outreach Worker is able to provide free counselling supports, housing supports, and systems navigation supports.
The Barbara Weider House offers a place of safety and hope for homeless youth. Its services address the needs of youth in crisis and provide the support to help them master the tasks of adolescence as well as focus on their education and employment possibilities.
Empower Simcoe provides a number of accommodation options for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Levels of support range from 24 hours support to 4 hours per week. Group Living and Supported Independent Living supports are located in both the cities of Orillia and Barrie as well as in surrounding areas. A number of group living options are accessible.
Finding help is easy when you make the right call...
If you wish to speak to a counsellor,
please call 1 800 668 6868,
or text CONNECT to 686868 to chat confidentially with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder.