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Emergency Homeless Shelters

bedThe YW provides three types of emergency homeless shelters:

  1. Shelters for single women or women with children
  2.  Shelters for families, both two parent families and single, male-led families
  3. Shelter for single men or men with children

Emergency Homeless Shelters for Women

YWCA Niagara Region offers emergency housing for women and their children in a safe and home-like environment.  We provide a private bedroom, shared common space and three healthy meals that offer nourishment and warmth.

We operate two, 20-bed emergency homeless edp_ed_09_08_2014_YWCA-0002shelter: 183 King Street, St. Catharines and 6135 Culp Street, Niagara Falls. Both locations are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Any woman 16 years of age or older requiring shelter and support is welcome. Women’s Advocates are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist guests in setting goals and accessing community resources in their search for stable housing as they continue on their path to independence.

If you need immediate emergency housing click here.

Emergency Homeless Family Shelter

The YWCA Niagara Region operates emergency homeless shelter units for two parent families and single parent families that are male lead.  We have four apartments in St. Catharines and two units in Niagara Falls. They all are 3-bedroom units. These units allow families to have the privacy they need in their time of crisis.

Families have their own kitchen and bathrooms but are asked to bring their own bedding and towels. While staying at the Family Shelter you are under the Hostel agreement and expected to search for permanent housing. The average stay is one month.

Advocates visit each family once a day and assist in finding permanent housing, accessing community resources.  Advocates also liaise with other agencies on behalf of the family and lend a caring ear in times of need.

We ask that families bring identification for each shelter guest including children.

Call (289) 668-4962 for more information about utilizing the services of the YWCA Niagara Region’s emergency family shelter.

Emergency Homeless Shelter for Men

Our Men’s Modified Shelter provides emergency housing services to 14 chronically homeless men. This program is located in Niagara Falls and the Men’s Shelter Worker supports these individuals in finding housing. For more information contact our Men's Shelter Advocate at 289-686-4466.

Questions about accessing an emegerncy homeless shelter? Check out our Shelter FAQ!