Homelessness DOES exist in St Thomas & Elgin County
Many people picture the homeless as those living on the streets, in parks, in doorways and in other public places. But the “hidden homeless” – an estimated 80% of those without a place to call home – are much less visible. Consider the youth who move from friend to friend and relative to relative while seeking affordable housing. Or the woman who accepts housing from a man, even a dangerous situation, rather than freeze on the street. This is the reality for many living in our community.
For almost a century, the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin has been providing those in need with a safe place to call home.
Harmony House & Fair Winds for Youth
Harmony House (for young women) and Fair Winds (for young men) are homes for youth ages of 16-24 who find themselves without the supports necessary to make a healthy transition from youth to adulthood. Residents receive:
●A place to call home
●Housing based case management
●assist with housing searches
●connect youth with available housing supports
●Goal setting assistance and support
●Independent life skills training
●Opportunities for one on one counseling
●Cooperative living skills
●On-site resident advisor
We provide you with a private room, supportive resources and individuals who will encourage you to set goals and become your own decision maker.
CONTACT THE YWCA IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF SUPPORTIVE HOUSING. Call 519-631-9800.
Established in 1928, our Women’s Residence on Mary Street is a warm and inviting 21 bed facility that provides emergency, transitional and long-term housing. Residents requiring emergency support are provided with housing, food and toiletries and have access to our in-house programs including tutoring, literacy, computer training and life skills coaching.
YWCA Men’s Residence – Second Story
In 2013 the YWCA worked diligently with our community partners to open Second Story housing for men. Our program offers men stable and supportive housing, with similar services to those offered at our Women’s Residence.