Local Shelter Options
Emergency After Hours for Homelessness – The Grace Inn Shelter
The Grace Inn Shelter provides assistance for homelessness after normal business hours. This could include local motels or shelters outside of the community.
Available 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday to Friday and anytime on weekends and holidays.
Grace Inn Emergency Shelter
Grace Inn is a 21 bed emergency shelter for adults located at 315 Church Street in Belleville scheduled to open December 2019.
The Enrichment Centre
The Enrichment Centre provides transitional housing that can bridge the gap between homelessness and safe affordable housing. A total of 20 beds in designated seniors, male and female houses.
Address: 250 Sidney Street building 59, Belleville
Three Oaks Shelter
Three Oaks shelter provides community-based emergency shelter and crisis support services for women and their children who have experienced abuse in order that they may live free of violence.
Call the Three Oaks 24 hour crisis line to access any of their services
Contact: 613-966-3074 / 1-800-267-0533
Red Cedars Shelter
Red Cedars Shelter provides a safe place for women and their children who are leaving abusive situations.
24 hour CRISIS LINE: 1-800-672-9515
Lennox and Addington Interval House
Lennox & Addington Interval House provides safe shelter, transitional housing and counselling supports for abused women and their children. Services are provided to those who have been physically, sexually, emotionally or financially abused or those who fear they will be assaulted. Trained and committed staff offer supportive counselling, crisis intervention and safety planning.
Contact: 24 Hour Crisis Line – 613-354-1010
Toll Free: 1-800-667-1010 Text Only: 613-449-1080
Maggie’s Resource Centre
Maggie’s Resource Centre is a community-based agency dedicated to providing a broad continuum of services to rural women in North Hastings.
After Hours Crisis Answering Service: 613-332-3010
Local Housing Programs
Youthab provides safe and affordable supportive housing to young people aged 16 – 24 who are looking for a home but are not ready to live on their own yet.
Address: 210A Front Street, Belleville Contact: 613-969-9765
Community and Human Services – Housing Services (Rent Geared Income and Rent Connect in Hastings County)
Hastings County, through the Hastings Local Housing Corporation (HLHC), provides safe, modest and affordable housing for low income households. In addition, Hastings County, as Service Manager for Social Housing, is responsible for encouraging the development of new housing including non-profit/cooperative housing and affordable rental housing.
The HLHC units are located in Bancroft, Belleville, Coe Hill, Deseronto, Madoc, Marmora, Stirling, Quinte West (Trenton and Frankford Wards) and Tweed.
The Housing Services office also administers the Social Housing Registry. This list provides one centralized waiting list for social housing in Hastings County.
Address: 228 Church Street, Belleville Contact: 613-966-1311
Toll Free: 1-800-267-2804
How to apply for social housing
Contact the Intake Access Centre at 613-771-9630 or 1-866-414-0300 during regular business hours Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. Staff will help you complete an application over the phone.
The length of your wait depends on the number of bedrooms required, location preference and vacancy turnover rate. This means it is difficult to know where you are on the wait list, and predict how long you will have to wait.
Rent is approximately 30% of the total gross household income. Persons receiving a fixed income such as Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program pay rates that are set by the Province of Ontario.
Emergency Financial Aid
Housing and Homelessness Fund (HHF)
This program is available to social assistance recipients and people living on a low income. You will need to provide information about your income to determine if you are eligible.
Contact: 1-866-414-0300 or 613-771-9630
TO APPLY: If you are not on social assistance, call the number for HHF above. If you are on Ontario Works, contact your caseworker at the phone numbers below:
Quinte West: 1-800-267-0575
If you are on Ontario Disability Support Program, contact your caseworker first at 1-800-267-4355 or 613-962-9562 and then call HHF.
Rent Arrears – A letter from your landlord verifying rent arrears will be required.
Hydro or Heat Deposit
Hydro or Heat Arrears – If you are on social assistance contact your caseworker.
LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program) or Winter Warmth Program. To apply for LEAP contact your utility provider at the contact information found on your bill. In North Hastings, contact United Way of Greater Simcoe Muskoka at 1-855-ITS-LEAP (1-855-487-5327).
To apply for Winter Warmth Program (gas only) contact 613-771-9630.
Health & Welfare – Hotel accommodations due to homelessness; emergencies considered on case-by-case basis.
Rent Deposit – Possible assistance with last month’s rent deposit for a new tenancy.
Community Trust provides financial assistance to low-income residents. Items such as appliances, rent and emergency food may be covered. Applicants can only apply once in a twelve-month period.
Central Hastings: 613-473-5258
North Hastings: 613-339-1100
Quinte West: 613-392-1387 ext. 2202
The Ontario Energy Support Program (OESP)
If you are a customer of an electricity utility and in a lower-income home, you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill. The OESP will reduce the cost of your household electricity by applying a monthly credit directly to your bill. The credit amount will depend on how many people live in your home and your combined household income.
TTY: 1-800-855-1155 (TTY to TTY)
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 9:00pm
Meal Programs and Food Banks
North Hastings Community Cupboard Food Bank
Address: 2 Madawaska Street, Bancroft
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday- 11:30 am-2:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
Eastminister United Church (free hot meal)
Address: 432 Bridge Street East, Belleville
Hours: Wednesday 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Address: 295 Pinnacle Street, Belleville
Lunch Program (free soup, sandwiches, coffee, drinks and dessert)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30 am-12:45 pm
Emergency Food Bank
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Bridge Street United Church (Daily Lunches)
Address: 60 Bridge Street East, Belleville
Contact: 613-962-9178 Daily Lunches -Daily take away lunch from 11:30am-1:00pm, available 7 days a week
Peer Support South East Ontario (FREE hot lunch)
Address: 391 Front Street, Unit C, Belleville
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am-2:30 pm; Saturday 9:00am-1:30 pm
Christmas Sharing Program (Seasonal)
Gleaners Food Bank
Address: 25 Wallbridge Crescent, Belleville
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Michelangelo’s Café at Gleaners Food Bank (free coffee, snacks and sandwiches)
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm; Wednesday 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
St. Matthew’s Distribution Centre (Gleaners)
Address: 25 Holloway Street, Belleville
Hours: Tuesday 1:00 pm-2:00 pm; Free Lunch – Tuesday 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Contact: 613-967-1511
At The Crossroads Church: Catherine’s Kitchen (free lunch)
Address: 24 Dundas Street West, Trenton
Hours: Monday- Thursday 11:00am-12:30pm
Trenton United Church (lunch program)
Address: 85 Dundas Street East, Trenton
Hours: 1st and 3rd Friday of the month 11:30 am-12:30 pm (year round)
Care and Share Food Bank
Address: 30 Pelham Street Unit #2, Trenton
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Tweed Food Bank-Salvation Army
Address: 224 Metcalf Street, Tweed
Hours: Monday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm; Wednesday 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Gateway Community Health Centre
Community Kitchens and Workshops (monthly)
Address: 41 McLellan Street, Tweed Contact: 613-478-1211 ext. 228 to sign up
Helping Hands Food Bank
Address:151 St. Lawrence Street East, Madoc
Contact: 613-473-9035 or 613-473-5255
Hours: Monday 10:00 am-1:00 pm; Tuesday 6:00 pm-8:00 pm; Wednesday 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Thursday 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Helping Hands Food Bank
Address:37 Forsythe Street, Marmora (Library)
Hours: Tuesday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Maynooth and Area Food Bank
Address: 33064 Highway 62, Maynooth (Holy Trinity Anglican Church)
Hours: 12:30pm-1:30pm the second and third Thursday of each month
Stirling and Area Christian Community Care-Community Cupboard
Address: 85 Station Street, Stirling
Hours: Most Thursdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (call first)
Tri-Township Food Basket
Address: 2254 Highway 620, Coe Hill (Royal Canadian Legion Branch)
Hours: Every Monday except holidays 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
Helping Hands Food Bank – Lion’s Club
Address: 316 Edmon Street, Deseronto
Hours: 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month 10:00 am-12:00 pm
LAKE ST. PETER
The World of Life Outreach Food Bank
Address: 2016 Highway 127, Lake St. Peter
Hours: Tuesday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Community Development Council of Quinte
Community Development Council of Quinte offers programs to help individuals and families stretch their food and baby supply budgets and are available in depots throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
Programs offered include:
- Good Baby Box
- Good Food Box
- Community Gardens
- Community Kitchens
- Food for Thought
Address: 65 Station St, Belleville Contact: 613-968-2466
Community and Advocacy Legal Centre (CALC)
A non profit legal clinic that provides free legal advice and advocacy services for low income individuals throughout Hastings County. The clinic can help with tenant’s rights, worker’s compensation, social assistance and Canada Pension Plan issues, employment problems, consumer law, special education problems and criminal injuries compensation.
Address: 158 George Street, Belleville
Landlord and Tenant Board
Contact: 1-888-332-3234 | 1-416-645-8080
Legal Aid Ontario
For information about Legal Aid services, call the client service centre at 1-800-668-8258 for TTY, call 1-866-641-8867. Press 0 and ask to speak to a client services representative.