Young Women's Shelter

This program offers young women aged 12 to 20 immediate access to safe housing. Open 365 days a year, the Evelyn Horne Young Women’s Shelter is always ready to welcome youth with nowhere else to turn. The shelter has 30 beds and offers both emergency shelter and transitional housing for up to a year.

A lesbian/bisexual/transgender positive and culturally sensitive environment, the shelter provides a safe place for all young women. But it’s much more than a place to stay. Each young woman discusses her unique situation with shelter staff, who work with her to identify her needs and connect her with the services she may need to achieve independence. A diverse, all-women staff team is on hand to support young women 24 hours a day.

Young women who lack family support are connected with youth workers who help them develop a full “community plan” and get the skills they need to live independently. While participating in programs designed to help young women set goals and work towards them is encouraged, it is not necessary. All youth have the choice simply to have their basic living needs met, or to pursue opportunities to secure long-term housing and improve their lives.

The shelters also help young people remain healthy by offering information on sexual health and addictions, within a safe and non-judgmental environment.

For young women aged 16 to 21, transitional housing is offered for stays of up to one year. These units give youth the opportunity to live semi-independently while they work towards their goals.

How to access the program

Young women in need of a place to stay can call the Young Women’s Shelter directly to inquire about availability. The shelter is centrally-located.

Coordinator: Sue Pihlainen
By phone: 613-789-8220
By email:

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