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Shelter FAQs

Do I have to pay for the bed?

No. Clients do not need to pay for accommodations.

Do I get meals for free?

Yes. 3 meals a day plus a night time snack are provided free of charge.

Do I cook my own meals?

No, there is full-time cooking staff that prepares all meals.

Do I have to share a room with other people?

The Shelter has single rooms as well as rooms with 2 beds, so sharing is definitely possible. All rooms will be given as first come, first serve basis upon intake.

How long can I stay?

There is a 30-day guideline. Individuals may stay longer dependant on the circumstances and eligibility.

Do I have to do any mandatory programming?

On Tuesday mornings a House Meeting for all clients gathers everyone to go over house rules and any needed refreshers and updates for the week

On Tuesday morning there is mandatory Life Skills for one hour, unless a client is in school or employment.

On Wednesday mornings there is a Hostel Meeting. Clients meet with an Ontario Works representative. This is the case for all clients whether they are collecting Ontario Works or not.

Can I still stay if I have a job?

Absolutely. Clients with employment are required to save monies made for housing and needed items for when they leave.

Do I have a curfew?

Yes. 11:00pm on weekdays and 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Can my children stay with me?

Yes, they can, as long as they are sixteen and under.

Can my husband/spouse stay with me?

Unfortunately men cannot stay within the King Street Shelter, though the Family Shelter can accommodate a family.