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Homelessness System

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Updated status on programs, supports and system capacity – August 2022

The County of Simcoe leads the local system of homelessness supports and services across the region through partnerships and funded service agreements with community-based organizations.  

Local shelters and service providers deliver and manage homelessness prevention services and operations. While the shelter system is publically funded, local shelters are not directly operated by the County of Simcoe. Emergency homeless shelters in Simcoe County include: 

  • Elizabeth Fry Society, serving women and gender diverse – Barrie 
  • La Maison Rosewood Shelter, serving women and children – Midland
  • Salvation Army Bayside Mission, serving men – Barrie
  • S.H.I.F.T. – Alliston (temporary winter sheltering)
  • The Busby Centre – Barrie
  • The Busby Centre – Collingwood (temporary winter sheltering) 
  • The Guesthouse – Midland
  • The Lighthouse – Orillia
  • Youth Haven, serving youth ages 16 to 24 years old – Barrie  

Availa​ble Services


Homelessness Services and Shelter Supports

Enhanced street outreach services provide outreach to those experiencing homelessness 365 days a year, seven days a week, with increased emphasis during extreme winter temperatures. Outreach teams offer a range of services to those who are vulnerable and who may not otherwise access shelters.  Outreach teams facilitate access to shelter or respite beds in addition to offering individualized supports to help with accessing a range of services such as income supports, mental health and addiction services, health care services and assisting individuals to develop plans to transition from to more permanent housing options. 

The County recognizes and values the important contributions of local, community-based initiatives such as winter warming centres which augment the system of supports and services.  

To access a shelter program, contact 211 for assistance or contact the shelter in your local community directly.

Should you have any questions regarding homelessn​​ess supports and services in Simcoe County, please contact the Community Servi​ces department at communityservicesdepart​ment@simcoe.ca​​​ or 705-722-3132 ext. 1470.