Barry House provides emergency shelter for guests who identify as female and trans individuals..

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. Guests 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 and support for finding suitable housing, or whatever else might be required.

We now have beds for 17 guests.

Barry House

2706 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3C7
Phone: 902.422-8324
Fax: 902.422.2046
House Manager
Amie Leslie