Who is Shelter Nova Scotia?

Our Mission: While providing a safe place to stay for those in need, Shelter Nova Scotia seeks to grow an effective continuum of services to support people while they transition from crisis, back into the community.  


Our Vision: A community without judgement, where everyone has a safe, affordable home.

We believe, with your help, and our guiding principles (people and housing first), we can connect with the individuals we serve in ways that help them experience a better life. We do this by aiming high, reaching far, and working tirelessly. Shelter Nova Scotia is here – without judgement – to help.

Shelter Nova Scotia supports people in times of crisis and transition through residential, trustee and outreach programs.  To this end, we operate six facilities in HRM, providing a night of rest to 106 people and providing support to hundreds more, 365 days a year. We offer far more than shelter; utilizing client and housing support workers in tandem with our colleagues working in mental health and addiction services, we support 1,300 people annually.

Our Facilities 

  • two emergency shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness                                                    (Barry House  &  Metro Turning Point)

  • an affordable, supportive apartment complex for individuals who have experienced homelessness (The Rebuilding)

  • an affordable, supportive living environment dedicated to individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness and who have a long history of  alcohol dependency                                (Herring Cove Apartments)

  • two community residential facilities for individuals making the change from correctional facilities to community living (Nehiley House & Sir Sandford Fleming House)

Our Community Support Programs


Our Community Trustee Program serves over 200 people, providing clients with financial literacy and support like budgeting etc.  

Our Housing Support Program provides one-on-one support for individuals moving from shelter living to community.  

Shelter Nova Scotia's COVID Response

Thursday, May 13, 2021

After a scheduled asymptomatic testing at Metro Turning Point on Tuesday, May 11, one guest tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, we have moved all guests & employees of Metro Turning Point to a hotel, so they can safely isolate. We have also temporarily closed Metro Turning Point until at least May 25 at 11:59 p.m. Everyone staying at Metro Turning Point, as well as employees, were tested again and so-far there has only been that one positive test. We are blessed to have our own Public Health team assigned to us. We are grateful to so many right now.  


Our Central Office (Cunard Street) is still closed, with employees working from home. All our other facilities/programs do remain open with restricted access as we follow COVID protocols to assure the utmost safety for our employees and the individuals we serve. Our volunteer-led Adopt-a-Meal program remains closed and more than ever we are asking for monetary donations that enable us to provide quality care & comfort to our clients, guests, tenants and residents. We will get through this, and as Dr. Strang stated, "lock arms Nova Scotia and stay strong."

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of National Housing Day (November 22, 2020) shelter providers Adsum for Women & Children, Out of the Cold Community Association, Phoenix Youth Programs and Shelter Nova Scotia have jointly issued a statement on the current state of housing in our community.