Emergency Shelter

Joanne’s House

Durham Youth Services operates Joanne’s House, the only emergency homeless youth shelter in Durham Region. Youth between the ages of 16 and 24 can access the shelter twenty-fours a day, seven days a week. We can accommodate 13 youth at a time and beds are given on a first come, first serve basis.

Youth are encouraged to call as soon as they need a bed and leave a message in order to secure their space. Youth can stay for 30 days and have access to meals, laundry, life skills training, bus tickets for appointments and school, as well as food and clothing donations.

Joanne’s House is a housing-focused shelter, which means we will work with youth to find an alternate solution for their housing crisis. Operating from a housing-focused model means our number one priority is assisting youth to find housing.

The staff on shift will assess their situation and work to assist each youth. If we cannot find an alternate housing solution immediately, we will work intensively with the youth during their stay at the shelter in order to minimize their time in the homeless system.

For more information please call the Youth Advocates on shift at: 905-239-9477.

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Numbers above based on Durham Youth Services administrative data for 2019
A quote from one of our clients…
“Joanne’s House has been a life saver for me. After living for two years on the street and going through several hard things, I was ready to give up on life. Everyone I knew had given up on me and told me I was worthless. At Joanne’s House, I found a group of people who believed in me and helped me see that I still had a life worth living. Since coming to Joanne’s House, I have made several new brothers and sisters with lifelong relationships; but most of all, I have been given a second chance at life to really succeed.”


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