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:
- Busby Centre – Barrie and Collingwood
- The Salvation Army (Bayside Mission) – Barrie
- Youth Haven – Barrie
- Elizabeth Fry Society - Barrie
- The Lighthouse – Orillia
- The Guesthouse – Midland
Shelter and Outreach Services – Pandemic Response
The County of Simcoe increased capacity across the system in direct response to the needs of unsheltered individuals during the pandemic. Shelter bed capacity has increased by close to 70% to 327 beds across the region. A temporary motel model of shelter was made possible through funding from the provincial and federal governments. Provincial Social Services Relief Funding (SSRF) and enhanced federal Reaching Home (RH) funding assisted the County of Simcoe to work with emergency shelter providers to implement the motel model. Three of the six emergency shelters have transitioned operations to congregate settings while three continue operations from a temporary motel model of shelter. Shelter operators manage the temporary motel model and therefore, direct and oversee shelter operations and establish guidelines for participants at these locations. The County of Simcoe works closely with shelter operators to respond to needs within the system and to make adjustments to capacity to support access to shelter for those wanting to come indoors.
The County of Simcoe also assists community-based organizations to reach those living unsheltered through funded service agreements for the delivery of outreach services. Active street outreach, amplified in response to the pandemic, connects people with resources and shelter and encourages people staying outside to come indoors.
The County of Simcoe continues to identify and action emerging opportunities for housing options and solutions to support individuals to transition from homelessness into more permanent accommodations.
Homelessness Services and Shelter Supports
Enhanced street outreach services provide outreach to those living outdoors 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 living outdoors.
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.
The Barrie Shelters - Access Intake Line is available for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the City of Barrie who require immediate emergency shelter. This program includes: coordinated shelter support/placement with family shelters, shelters for single female identified and single men identified, gender fluid individuals and youth 16 years and older. This is a triage, access, and diversion program with collaborating partners of Salvation Army Barrie Bayside Mission, Elizabeth Fry Society Simcoe Muskoka, Youth Haven and Busby Centre. For those who do not have access to a phone please connect with Busby Detour Outreach Team.
BARRIE SHELTERS - ACCESS INTAKE LINE: 705-828-3795
For further information, please view the Homelessness Services and Shelter Supports in Barrie - April 2022 document and the Barrie Shelter Overview.
For Shelter Services in Midland/North Simcoe, Collingwood, Orillia and Alliston/South Simcoe, please reference the chart below
Sheltering agencies in communities within Simcoe County can also be contacted directly.
Should you have any questions regarding homelessness supports and services in Simcoe County, please contact the Community Services department at firstname.lastname@example.org