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. You must speak with Shelter Diversion between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm BEFORE completing an intake at the RAFT.

AFTER HOURS - Complete a shelter intake but youth must speak with Shelter Diversion by the next business day.

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