Announcement: Housing UP

April 29, 2020 – Mission Services is announcing the launch of its newest program, Housing UP!, which will help men experiencing homelessness in Hamilton to find housing. The program will work with housed and homeless individuals across the city, not just those who access Mission Services. Read the full press release here.

For over 60 years, we’ve given men a safe place to stay while helping them to rebuild their lives and find permanent homes for themselves and their families. Join us in working to end homelessness.

Emergency Shelter

Our Emergency Shelter on James Street is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Here men find a warm, welcoming place to spend the night where they will be safe from the elements and dangers on the street. The shelter has 58 beds and will not turn anyone away during a cold alert. Most months the Emergency Shelter is at or near capacity.

Supportive Housing

Mission Services also helps to support people in finding and staying in affordable housing.

Under the Addiction Supportive Housing program (ASH), funded by the Local Health Integration Network, rental units in the community are available to people who are homeless or inadequately housed and who are attending or have already graduated from an addiction recovery program. Alongside our partners at The Canadian Mental Health Association, Mission Services staff provide supportive, compassionate care to assist people with their recovery goals and remain housed.

Friendship Room

The Friendship Room is a community-building chaplaincy program that aims to foster a sense of belonging between men staying at our emergency shelter and among the staff and volunteers who work alongside them. Card and board games, art supplies, a well-stocked library and free reading glasses are just a few of the resources that visitors are welcome to enjoy. The chaplaincy program works with all departments at Mission Services and provides physical, emotional and spiritual care and guidance to anyone who asks for support.

Read Stories from Our Shelter

Homeless No More: Austin’s Fight
“I’m so glad the shelter was here for me and that they helped me
find housing of my own.” – Austin

The Shelter Gardener: Larry’s Journey

“I will miss this place when I do find housing. The staff have been so helpful and the meals are delicious.” – Larry

How You Can Help


Thanks to our partners, a hot meal at our Emergency Shelter only costs $3.69 to prepare.

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Do a Drive

Items we always need donated at our men’s shelter.

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Contact us to volunteer at our Emergency Shelter by
serving meals or helping out in the kitchen.

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Learn about ourshelter for women