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.
Youth between the ages of 16-24 throughout the Niagara Region can explore their housing options in hopes of avoiding emergency shelters.
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.
There are many ways that you can help The Raft programs and services for youth.