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Community Initiatives & Settlement Services

Housing Services

November 01, 2020: Grey-Bruce Community Emergency Shelter Program

Grey-Bruce is a large area serving many communities. In order to provide the most accessible services to the entire service area; Grey County and Bruce County provide funding through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative for emergency shelter accommodations in partnership with the YMCA Community Initiatives by way of short-term motel accommodations.

Emergency Short Term Shelter – YMCA Community Initiatives
If you or someone you know is unsheltered please contact 211 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) for the most accurate information. This program is administered by YMCA Community Initiatives and a person may receive additional shelter as they are developing a longer-term housing plan.
Across Grey and Bruce Counties, the police services are also involved; providing access to shelter for individuals requiring immediate shelter support through this YMCA program.
If you are at risk of homelessness, please contact a YMCA Housing Stability Worker at 519-371-9230 x 5, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

A Place to Go – Safe ‘N Sound -- 310 8th St E, Owen Sound
Effective November 16th, 2020 Safe ‘N Sound will be providing evening drop-in services.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Services: Warm drop in space, Opportunity for connecting with YMCA Emergency Shelter Program and referrals to other services as needed

Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Supports – Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce
If you or someone you know needs mental health and addictions outreach supports, services can be accessed through the CMHA Grey Bruce by calling 519-371-2390, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 1-877-470-5200 as soon as possible.

The Hope for Wellness Indigenous Hotline is available in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut. For traditional healing during a crisis please contact 1-855-242-3310.


Housing Support

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 Stability 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.

If you know of someone who is living unsheltered, please encourage them to call, or contact us so we can attempt to reach out to them.

Between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday people can call YMCA Housing Services at 519-371-9230

Between 4:30pm and 10:00pm daily call the Safe ‘N Sound after hours line 519-470-2222. Volunteers are available to connect you with suitable available shelter until you can be in touch with a YMCA Housing Stability Worker.

View Our Online Housing List

Landlords: Reach hundreds of potential tenants across Grey-Bruce and beyond. Advertise your available rental units free of charge on our Online Housing List. Set up your account today!

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 Stability 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.

If you require assistance to complete your application for the Ontario Electricity Support Program 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 Stability 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.


Free legal advice for youth under 18 and homeless youth under 25 in Ontario - call 1-866-999-5329  or visit Justice for Children and Youth