Shelter Programs

Shelters provide emergency accommodation for people who are homeless. Shelters programs funded by Durham Region are housing-focused, as part of Durham Region’s commitment to ending homelessness in our community.

List of Accessible Shelters

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The Shelter Program on Simcoe Street provides 24 hour emergency shelter to men aged 16 years and above who are currently homeless. The shelter program acts as an entry point to all the services offered throughout our organization. All guests are entitled to 7 days of emergency stay.


Doors of Compassion (DOC), operated by Christian Faith Outreach Centre, is a 20-bed, emergency housing-focused shelter that supports people 18 and older who are unsheltered.

Durham Youth Services operates Joanne’s House, an emergency homeless youth shelter in the Durham Region. Joanne’s House is a housing-focused shelter, which means we will work with youth to find a solution for their housing crisis. Young people between the ages of 16 and 24 can access the shelter after 4 pm Monday to Friday and 24 hours on weekends.

List of Accessible Shelters for Victims of Violence, Assault or Abuse

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Bethesda House supports women and individuals presenting as women, who ask for safe refuge in our secure shelter as well as individuals who choose not to come into the shelter instead requesting support through the Bethesda House Community Outreach Program.

Herizon House provides services to abused women and children Durham Region.  They offer free confidential services 24 hours a day and provide a place of safety, support and empowerment for abused women and their children.

The Denise House exists to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment to abused women and their children in Durham Region and strives to provide integrated, anti-racist, anti-oppression services to empower the diversity of all women to choose their own future.

Y’s WISH Shelter offers a safe and secure temporary home in their 15 bed shelter. You and your children are welcome regardless of age, ethnicity or sexual orientation. They provide healthy meals and snacks, a comfortable room to sleep, clean washrooms, play room and family room – all in a secure setting.