Did you know?
- Emergency shelters provide short-term emergency accommodation and basic needs for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
- In London there are:
- 3 adult emergency shelters;
- 3 Violence Against Women (VAW) shelters; and,
- 1 family emergency shelter.
- An emergency shelter for youth will open in London in 2020.
- Individuals residing in emergency shelters are experiencing absolute homelessness.
- Emergency shelters focus on diversion and rapid rehousing from shelter.
- Reducing the number of individuals who are long-term emergency shelter users increases the availability of emergency shelter beds for those entering homelessness.
- 320 emergency shelter beds are available each night in adult and family emergency shelters.
- 75 emergency shelter beds are available each night in VAW shelters.
- 43% of individuals accessing adult and family emergency shelters in 2017 stayed for 31 days or more.(1)
- 739 fewer individuals accessed adult and family emergency shelter in 2017 compared to 2011, representing a 26% decrease.(2)
- $1,500 is the average monthly cost for an individual to stay in emergency shelter, not including the VAW shelters.
- $6.2 million is the cost to operate the 320 emergency shelter beds each year. This does not include VAW shelters.
- Absolute homelessness: Individuals and families experiencing absolute homelessness have no physical shelter of their own.
- Diversion: Individuals and families are supported to find immediate housing arrangements before entering emergency shelter.
- Rapid rehousing: Individuals and families are helped to secure housing as quickly as possible once they have entered emergency shelter.