Barton St. East at James St. North has been the home of our Men’s Shelter in Hamilton for over 66 years. After searching for close to a decade for a new site, we are pleased to announce that, with the help of Core Urban Inc., we will be moving to 400 King Street East.
This is an incredible opportunity to restore a century-old building in Hamilton’s core and to create a purpose-built facility to serve unhoused men living in our community while providing access to a variety of existing services and supports that aid in our community’s shared efforts to end homelessness. This location enables us to maintain our 58 beds of housing-focused emergency shelter with the ability to introduce up to 50 transitional-styled spaces.
It is our intention to grow our Early Intervention services to support individuals who are at risk of, or are new to, homelessness find safe and sustainable housing. The addition of modern, professional work and meeting spaces on-site will assist staff to deliver ongoing in-person case management and will include space for our Housing Up team who also support more than 200 individuals recently housed within the community.
Emergency shelters are a key part of the continuum of housing supports that are required to address Hamilton’s housing and homelessness crisis. Our new shelter will continue to be a housing-focused shelter with a goal of permanent housing. The Men’s Shelter provides service at the beginning of the housing continuum addressing the crisis of homelessness but also at the end of the continuum with permanent housing and supports. Housing is the only way to end homelessness.
Carol Cowan-Morneau, Executive Director