SteelTown down, but not out: Gimme Shelter


In the spirit of lifting one another up, SaultOnline has devoted this week’s outreach to housing services.

You can find our first edition that focused on the Neighbourhood Resource Centre and the Need Food? listing by clicking HERE.

Listed here are the programs and organizations available in Sault Ste. Marie to assist people in accessing emergency shelter and/or affordable housing.


St. Vincent Place – A 24-bed dorm-style emergency shelter for men 18+ who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They also provide transitional housing support. Their shelter services are available 24/7. Contact 705-253-2770, [email protected], or visit 222 Albert St. E.

Women in Crisis – A 24-bed shelter for women and their children who have been affected by abuse or violence. It is opened for emergency shelter services 24/7. They can be reached at 705-759-1230, their website, or visited at 23 Oakland Avenue.

Pauline’s Place – A 19-bed shelter for homeless youth and women, as well as 2 apartment units for families. Their shelter services are available 24/7. They can be reached at 705-7594663, their website, or visited at 923 Queen St. E.

Canadian Red Cross – Provides up to 72 hours of emergency assistance for family disasters. Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. They can be reached at 705-759-4547, or after hours at 1-866-579-4357. They can also be emailed at [email protected] or visited at 475 Trunk Road, Unit 5.

Batchewana First Nation Nimkii-Naabkawagan Family Crisis Shelter – Emergency shelter for abused Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women and their children who are facing a crisis situation, providing basic essentials. Their crisis line can be accessed 24/7 at 1-866-266-1466, and their office phone, answered Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, is 705-941-9054.

Social Services Sault Ste. Marie – Can help connect individuals with an Ontario Works’ Case Manager, coordinate overnight emergency accommodation or maintenance of housing across the Algoma region. Also can help individuals access affordable income-based housing.  Call 705-759-5420 or visit their website. The office is located at 180 Brock St.


Social Housing/Sault Ste. Marie Housing Corporation – Geared-to-income housing with rent based on your total family income. For eligibility and more information, contact 705-759-7748 or e-mail [email protected]

John Howard Society – Assists shelter residents to re-enter the community and maintain their homes and health with a stabilized financial/repayment plan. Must be 18+ and facing an inability to pay rent/utilities. Contact 705-759-1703, their website, or visit 27 King St. Monday to Friday 8:30am-12pm, 1pm-4:30pm.

Phoenix Rising Women’s Centre – Can assist with geared-to-income and supportive housing for women and children as well as emergency crisis support. Visit 596 Wellington St. W. from Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 1pm-4pm and on Thursday from 11:30pm-4pm. They can be contacted at 705-759-5864 or [email protected]

Indian Friendship Centre – Homelessness program to assist Indigenous and non-Indigenous families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with referrals and emergency services. Contact 705-256-5634 ext. 2136, [email protected], or visit them at 122 East St. from on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-3:30pm.

Remember that the Neighbourhood Resource Centre (NRC) can also assist in pointing you in the right direction if it all seems too overwhelming.

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Keep it in mind for when you, or someone you love, finds themselves down, but not out.


Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away
-The Rolling Stones




  1. It would be nice to receive affordable housing but there is up to a five year waiting list for housing in the Sault, as far as the amergency part goes, most of the places listed are always full. Instead of waisting money on parks city council should focus their efforts on getting more mental health professionals here, create some free programs to teach people with addiction cognitive thinking patterns, programming such as awareness, and relationship..ect. It’s sad the government closed NTC as a treatment center, we could use it now. Furthermore our city council should concentrate on trying to create more jobs and training people to fill those jobs, give the people a feeling of self worth and pride, perhaps as a community we can all get involved to build affordable housing..May God Bless..we certainly need it here.

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