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.

In pursuit of our goals, Shelter Nova Scotia oversees the operation of:

  • 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)

Housing Support & Community Trustee Program

  • our community trustee program serves over 200 people, providing them with financial literacy and support like budgeting etc.  

  • our supportive housing program is one-on-one support for individuals moving from shelter living to community living

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.

Our Board of Directors


Shelter Nova Scotia Board of Directors (updated March 2021)

Board Executive:


Jamie O’Neill, Chair 

Partner, Uprise Consulting


Kathy Gillis, Vice Chair  

CEO, Property Valuation Services Corporation

Chelsea King, Treasurer

Finance Manager, Resolute Health Corporation Limited

Linda Wilson, Secretary  

Executive Director, Shelter Nova Scotia

Members at Large:

Margot Cameron

CPA CA, Parallel Consulting Inc.


Geoffrey Franklin

Legal Counsel, Municipal Enterprises Limited

Lynn Hartwell

Vice President of Campuses and Communities, Nova Scotia Community College


Jeremy Jackson

Vice President, Marketing, Killam Properties Ltd.

Deborah Page

Director of Marketing and Communications, Develop Nova Scotia


David Boone

Inspector, Halifax Regional Police

Dennis Young 

Managing Director, Barrington Edge


Shelter Nova Scotia

Charitable #: 108027590RR0001

101-5506 Cunard St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 1C2


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