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

Monday, April 26, 2021

In response to the briefing from the Premier and Chief Medical Officer of Health on April 25, 2021, all employees of our Central Office (Cunard Street) will be working from home effective April 26, 2021 until further notice. We are doing our part to keep our community safe during this time. All our facilities/programs remain open with restricted access as we follow COVID protocols to assure the utmost safety for our staff and the individuals we serve. With this safety in mind we are temporarily suspending our Adopt-a-Meal program and 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.