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Housing Services

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 avavilable to connect you with suitable available shelter until you can be in touch with a YMCA Housing Stabiility Worker.

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.

Resources

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