Services Available During Extreme Cold Weather
During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert, the attention of service providers focuses on helping homeless people get off the street and into shelter or street respite. It is dangerous for anyone to remain outdoors when the temperature plummets. Outreach workers, drop in centres, and emergency shelters work together to make sure homeless people have warm and safe places to stay.
York Region emergency housing and winter shelters provide at-risk and homeless residents with temporary housing, meals, programs and services to help residents secure and maintain housing.
Winter shelters are open annually from November to late March/early April. They provide overnight accommodation and services including meals, clothing, transportation, medical assistance and referrals to housing supports. York Region’s Emergency Housing program provides short-term housing, meals, programs and services to help at-risk and homeless residents. Shelters are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day
You can help. Call 311 if you see someone on the street who needs outreach assistance. 311 operators will contact outreach workers for follow-up as soon as possible. This is not an emergency service. In an emergency, always call 911.
Shelters in York Region:
Inn From the Cold
Inn From the Cold is located in Newmarket and is open to homeless men and women over the age of 16. Open November through early April, from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM, 7 days a week. Guests may arrive between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM each night.
Women – who do not fit criteria for Violence Against Women (VAW) funded Shelters
Blue Door Shelters
East Gwillimbury ON
1 (888) 554-5525 or (905) 898-1015
Families – Leeder Place Family Shelter; Men – Porter Place; Youth – York Region Youth Shelter
Empowerment Through Achievement (ETA)
1 (877) 382-1888 or (905) 893-8887
Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region
Richmond Hill ON
Sutton West ON
1 (800) 661-8294
Sutton Youth Shelter
1 (877) 972-0898 or (905) 722-9076
Yellow Brick House
1 (800) 263-3247 or (905) 727-1944
360°kids (Male and Female – Emergency and Transitional)
Richmond Hill (905) 475-6694
Connections – Emergency Housing
STAY (Supportive Transitional Apartments for Youth) – Transitional Housing
For out-of-region shelters (Toronto Area) please call:
Central Intake: 1 (877) 338-3398