Youth Hostel and drop in resource centre: Open 24/7 - 17 Centre Street, in St. Catharines ( View Map)

  • Phone: (905) 984-4365 / 1-833-984-4365
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Shelter Diversion

The Shelter Diversion program helps youth avoid the emergency shelter system by finding them safe and appropriate alternatives.

What is the Shelter Diversion program?

Diversion is not saying “no” to sheltering people that have exhausted all of their alternative housing options. Diversion works to prevent people from accessing emergency shelter and finding alternative safe & appropriate options. Accessing other housing options ensures shelter beds are used as a resource only when absolutely necessary.

Who Can Access Shelter Diversion?

Youth between the ages of 16-24 throughout the Niagara Region can explore their housing options in hopes of avoiding emergency shelters.

For More Information:

Please call Amber Dougherty at 905-984-4365 ext 205. Speaking with Shelter Diversion is required prior to intake.

Two Years of Shelter Diversion: Learnings and Lessons

Click Here to read the report.

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Life Unscripted Interview

May 11th, 2022

Our Executive Director Mike Lethby was interviewed by Janice Arnoldi from Life Unscripted. "I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Janice Arnoldi on her show “Life Unscripted” on CKTB. The interview covered the RAFT’s history and our unique and successful service for youth in Niagara." - Mike Lethby, RAFT Executive Director

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