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Housing Services

YMCA Housing Services works to prevent, address and reduce homelessness in our community. Working with other services and supports across Grey and Bruce Counties, we assist youth (aged 16+) and adults who are homeless, or facing homelessness, to find safe, affordable, long-term housing in Grey-Bruce.

YMCA Housing Services also works with landlords to build a network of communication and understanding that leads to maintaining long-term sustainable housing. We provide a variety of assistance to landlords throughout Grey and Bruce Counties including a free Housing List where you can advertise rental properties.

Emergency Shelter

Our first priority is ensuring you are safe and have access to basic needs. If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness contact a YMCA Housing Support Worker at 519-371-9230. We will help you find emergency shelter in Grey-Bruce and work with you to create an action plan to find and maintain long-term sustainable housing.

Assistance with Income Support Applications

There are a variety of programs available to individuals with low or no income to provide financial assistance to help with basic needs. YMCA Housing Support Workers are knowledgeable in these programs and will work with you to determine which types of financial assistance you should apply for and help you complete your applications. Programs may include the Ontario Electricity Support Program, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, LEAP and other programs to assist with rental arrears, home ownership etc.

Apply today for the Ontario Electricity Support Program If you require assistance to complete your application call 519-371-9230 to book an appointment.

Landlord/Tenant Mediation

Suitable and affordable housing is in high demand and short supply. Tenants and landlords are encouraged to understand their rights and responsibilities. If you hare having difficulty communicating with your landlord or tenant a YMCA Housing Support Worker may be able to assist by providing third party mediation. The goal of mediation is to promote problem solving, clear communication and find solutions that work for both the landlord and the tenant.

In the News

March Together was held Saturday March 5, 2016 at Heritage Place Shopping Centre in Owen Sound in support of 6 local organizations. Dozens of people walked, raising just over $8,000. The funds raised will be split up between YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce Housing Services, United Way Bruce Grey, Canadian Mental Health Association, Salvation Army, OSHaRE and Safe 'n Sound. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of the poverty issue in Grey Bruce.

Who You Helped Marching Together and Why it Matters

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Our YMCA Housing Services was recognized and thanked by Owen Sound City Council for their assistance in supporting the fire victims from the August 10, 2015 arson spree. Joan Chamney, our Program Coordinator, represented our Y at the ceremony (far right).  

Congratulations to our Housing staff for their excellent work at that difficult time! 

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Bruce Grey Child & Family Services Poverty Report - May 2015