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)
Jamie O’Neill, Chair
Partner, Uprise Consulting
Kathy Gillis, Vice Chair
Chelsea King, Treasurer
Finance Manager, Resolute Health Corporation Limited
Linda Wilson, Secretary
Executive Director, Shelter Nova Scotia
Members at Large:
CPA CA, Parallel Consulting Inc.
Legal Counsel, Municipal Enterprises Limited
Vice President of Campuses and Communities, Nova Scotia Community College
Vice President, Marketing, Killam Properties Ltd.
Director of Marketing and Communications, Develop Nova Scotia
Inspector, Halifax Regional Police
Managing Director, Barrington Edge