Barry House provides emergency shelter for women and their dependent children experiencing homelessness.
At Shelter Nova Scotia, we believe in a People First approach. This means that we work with people in a non-judgmental environment, while promoting compassion and dignity. By focusing on a People First approach, we provide shelter services based on Harm Reduction and Housing First principles. A Harm Reduction framework enables us to work with people who may experience multiple barriers to accessing services. Such barriers may include mental illness, addiction or concurrent disorders.
Clients may access shelter services while under the influence of intoxicants, provided that they are not an immediate risk to themselves or others. Harm Reduction helps to minimize the adverse effects related to behaviours associated with substance use and other high risk behaviours.
We also believe that health and wellness is directly related to safe and appropriate housing. Housing First is an approach that is based on the concept that housing is a primary need, and that other issues
that may affect an individual can be addressed once housing is obtained.
Putting housing first is the foundation for ending homelessness. Putting people first means that everyone has the right to choose their own path.
The shelter operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Women who stay with us are provided a bed to sleep in, three meals a day, guidance for finding a pathway to other organizations who can help, advice for finding suitable housing, or whatever else might be required. Women may stay with us as long as is needed to find the next best suitable housing.
We have beds for 20 women every night. Last year, we averaged 17 women per night.