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Housing & Homelessness in the HRM

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Please visit HRM's Resource Guide for links to community and government services related to homelessness, housing, and other quality of life issues in HRM.  

Housing is fundamental to HRM’s quality of life, social inclusion, future growth and the development of vibrant and sustainable communities.  The need for shelter is universal, and housing is a powerful determinant of health, safety, and access to public amenities.   Although HRM is not responsible for the delivery of social services and social housing, HRM planning processes and regulations can help to provide for a suitable supply of housing in a range of types and locations to meet the needs of HRM's diverse population.  HRM can also contribute to partnerships formed to address homelessness and the shortage of safe and affordable housing.

In 1998 the Big City Mayors Caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) declared homelessness in Canada a national disaster. Concerns about homelessness and the lack of affordable housing have also been on the rise in HRM.  In 1999, the federal government introduced the Supporting Community Partnerships Initiative Program for homelessness programs in the most affected communities, including HRM.  Since 2000 HRM has been involved in research and facilitation activities supporting community-based responses to homelessness and housing instability in partnership with organizations like Community Action on Homelessness (CAH). Canada's newest government has continued the homelessness initiative with the Homelessness Partnership Initiative (HPS).

Housing and Homelessness Resource Guide

This list is meant to serve as a guide to programs, services and information related to homelessness, affordable housing, and other quality of life issues provided by both government and non-government agencies and organizations.
For other links to services in HRM you can also visit the website ofCommunity Action on Homelessness or NSNET - Nova Scotia Community Organization Network.

Links and information are organized under the following categories:

Emergency Contacts and Shelter Services

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance - 911
  • Mobile Crisis Intervention Services, 429-8167
  • Youth Help Line (24-hour), 420-8336
  • Kid’s Help Phone (24-hour), 1-800-668-6868
  • Avalon Sexual Assault Response Line (24-hour), 425-0122


Alcare Place (Transition - Men recovering from addictions)
1374 Robie Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-9565

Alice Housing (Second and third-stage housing - abused women)
84 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth
Phone: 902-466-8459

Adsum House (Adsum for Women and Children offers Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, also Adsum Court and Adsum Centre providing affordable and supportive housing)
2421 Brunswick Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-429-4443/423-4443

Barry House SLSNS
Shelter for Females (16+ experiencing homelessness and their dependent children, where applicable. Barry House is also pet-friendly.)
2706 Gottingen Street (Near Gottingen & North)
Halifax, NS B3K 3C7
Phone: 902-422-8324
Fax: 902-422-2046

Bryony House (Abused Women)
Phone: 902-422-7650
Address Confidential

Marguerite Centre (Addiction Recovery-Women)

Phone: 902-876-0006 
Address Confidential

Metro Turning Point 
Shelter for Males (16+ experiencing homelessness) 
Trusteeship for individuals and families
2170 Barrington Street, (Near Barrington & Cornwallis)
Halifax, NS B3K 2W4
Phone: 902-420-3282
Fax: 902-420-1018

Nehiley House SLSNS
Halfway house for women released from prison
3170 Romans Ave
Halifax NS B3L 3W9
Phone: 902-454-5532
Fax: 902-492-0704

Phoenix Youth Shelter (Youth) 
1094 Tower Road, Halifax
Phone: 902-446-4663
Salvation Army (Men)Available Programs: Addictions Services, Community and Family Services, 

Family Tracing Services, Rehabilitation Services, Sheltering/Hostel Services 
2044 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-422-2363

Sir Sandford Fleming House SLSNS  
Halfway House for men released from prison
2549 Brunswick St.
Halifax NS B3K 2Z5
Phone: 902-423-1219
Fax: 902-492-0704

Drop-In Centres, Food Banks and Soup Kitchens
("m" indicates times for meals service)

Brunswick Street United Church
(m: 7- 8am M-F)
2107 Brunswick Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-4605/2107

David's Place Drop-In (St. David's Church Hall)
1537 Brunswick St. Halifax
(m: 10 AM - 1 PM M-F)

Fish Coffeehouse (St. Paul's Parish House)
Corner of Argyle and Prince St. across from the Grand Parade.
Sat. 6-9 PM-free coffee/tea/juice/snacks.
Phone: 902-422-5028

Hope Cottage (m: 10-11am and 5-6pm M-F)
2435 Brunswick Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-429-7968

Metro Non-Profit Housing Support Centre
Phone: 902-423-5479
2330 Gottingen St., Halifax

Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre
2158 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-420-1576

Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission
(m: 1-4pm M-F)
5568 Cunard Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-405-HOME

Stepping Stone
2224 Maitland Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-420-0103

ARK (Youth)
Phone: 902-492-2577

Phoenix Centre for Youth / Health Program
Phone: 902-420-0676
6035 Coburg Rd., Halifax

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual Youth Project
2281 Brunswick Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-429-5429

Feeding Others of Dartmouth (F.O.O.D.)
(m: 12-12:30 pm 7 days, 4:30-5:00 pm Mon, Tues, Wed)
43 Wentworth Street, Dartmouth
Phone: 902-464-2919

Saint Matthew’s United Church (m: 9-10am Sun)
1479 Barrington Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-9209

Saint George’s Anglican Church (m: 4-6pm Sat)
2222 Brunswick Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-1059

Saint Andrew’s United Church (m: 4-6pm Sun)
6036 Coburg Road, Halifax
Phone: 902-492-1454

Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank
2415 Maynard Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-425-2125

Dalhousie Campus Food Bank

AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia
1668 Barrington Street, Suite 401, Halifax
Phone: 902-425-4882 / 1-800-566-2437
Drop-in hours: 10 am–4 pm

Halifax Regional Municipality

Government of Nova Scotia

Federal Government

Advocacy and Research




Non-Profit Housing Organizations Working to Develop Affordable / Supportive Housing

Health Services

Community Health Boards

North End Community Health Care Centre
2165 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-420-0303

Mainline Needle Exchange and Outreach
5511 Cornwallis Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-830-3853/423-9991

Direction 180 Methadone Clinic
5511 Cornwallis Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-420-0566

Laing House (for youth living with mental illness)
1225 Barrington Street
Phone: 902-473-7743

Cobequid Community Health Centre
Phone: 902-879-6100

Dartmouth General Hospital
Phone: 902-465-8300

I.W.K. Health Sciences Centre
Phone: 902-428-8888

Nova Scotia Hospital
Phone: 902-464-3111

Nova Scotia Environmental Health Centre

QEII Health Sciences Centre
Phone: 902-473-2700

Canadian Alliance of Community Health Centre Associations

Health Association of African Canadians

Youth Services

Phoenix Youth Programs

  • Homelessness Prevention Program, (902) 444-3400/3401
  • Phoenix Centre for Youth (walk-in health and counselling services), 6035 Coburg Road, (902) 420-0676
  • Phoenix Youth Shelter, 1094 Tower Road, (902) 446-4663
  • Phoenix House (longer term supportive housing), 2385 Hunter Street, (902) 422-5583
  • Supervised Apartment Program, (902) 431-9678/9679
  • Phoenix Learning and Employment Centre, 6169 Quinpool Road, (902) 431-9111

Youth Awareness and Resource Centre (YARC)
2170 Brunswick Street, Halifax
(902) 423-4838

Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development

Homebridge Youth Society
(Formerly the Association for Development of Children's Residential Facilities)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Youth Project

Laing House (drop in, counselling, for youth with mental health issues)
1225 Barrington Street
Phone: 902-473-7743

Selected Women's Services

Atlantic Centre for Excellence in Women's Health

Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Canadian Women's Health Network


Elizabeth Fry Society

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Immigrant and Refugee Services

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
(among many other settlement and educational services ISANS runs a 6-unit apartment building for immigrant and refugee men called ISANS House)

Halifax Refugee Clinic
1581 Grafton Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-422-6736
Fax: 902-422-7529

Atlantic Metropolis Centre (Research)

HRM's Immigration Action Plan

Selected Aboriginal Community Contacts

Tawaak Housing Association, Phone: 902-455-2900

Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre  420-1576

Native Women's Association of Canada

Aboriginal Youth Network

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Selected African Nova Scotian Community Contacts

Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia

Uniake Square Tenants Association, Phone: 902-420-0423

Black Business Initiative

Council on African Canadian Education

Black History Month Association

Black Educators Association

Racism, Violence and Health Project

Health Association of African Canadians

Legal Aid / Tenants Rights

Dalhousie Legal Aid (Tenants Rights Program)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two-Spirited Services

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth Project

Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project

Selected Accessibility / Persons with Disabilities Sites

Independent Living Nova Scotia Association (ILNSA)

Nova Scotia Association for Community Living
10 Portland Street , Dartmouth
Phone: 902-469-1174 

Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities
1278 Tower Road, Room 262, Halifax
Phone: 902-422-6888

Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia

The Disabled Persons Commission - Government of Nova Scotia

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Selected Seniors Services

Active Living Coalition for Older Adults

Senior Citizens' Secretariat - Government of Nova Scotia

Centre For Health Care of The Elderly

Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

Canadian Diabetes Association

Nova Scotia Centre on Aging (Research)