Grey county launches new Short-Term Shelter Program

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Grey County has launched a new Short-Term Shelter Program.

The program, launched Wednesday, helps those experiencing homelessness find alternative housing options and offers short term shelter with support.

That means individuals and families can meet with support staff to help identify their needs and work on a plan to find stable housing.

A statement from the county says it has has created new partnerships with local motel operators to help ensure a supply of short-term shelter rooms are available on an ongoing basis. Currently there are locations in Hanover and Owen Sound.

“This launch completes our goal of bringing short-term shelter services into our in-house operations at the County,” said Director of Community Services Anne-Marie Shaw. “Having this program operate through our Housing Department will help us streamline support and improve access to other programs for our clients.”

Information on the program can be accessed 24 hours a day by contacting 2-1-1. Services can be accessed during business hours at the Grey County Administration Building in Owen Sound and the Grey County Social Services Satellite Office in Hanover.

If you or someone you know is unsheltered or at risk of homelessness,

24 hours a day, 7 days a week: call 2-1-1 for help accessing the program.
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding holidays:
Call Grey County Housing directly at 519-376-5744
Text the Short-Term Shelter Program at 226-407-4996
Email the Short-Term Shelter Program at stsp@grey.ca
Visit the Grey County Administration Building (595 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound) or Grey County Social Services Satellite Office (286 10th Street, Hanover.)
Speak with a support worker in the community and ask for help.