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Local Shelter Options

Emergency After Hours for Homelessness – The Grace Inn Shelter

The Grace Inn Shelter provides assistance for homelessness after normal business hours. This could include local motels or shelters outside of the community.

Available 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday to Friday and anytime on weekends and holidays.


Grace Inn Emergency Shelter

Grace Inn is a 21 bed emergency shelter for adults located at 315 Church Street in Belleville scheduled to open December 2019.

Address: 315 Church Street Belleville
Contact: 613-966-2898 Email: [email protected] Website:

The Enrichment Centre

The Enrichment Centre provides transitional housing that can bridge the gap between homelessness and safe affordable housing.  A total of 20 beds in designated seniors, male and female houses.

Address: 250 Sidney Street building 59, Belleville
Contact: 613-969-8874

Three Oaks Shelter

Three Oaks shelter provides community-based emergency shelter and crisis support services for women and their children who have experienced abuse in order that they may live free of violence.

Call the Three Oaks 24 hour crisis line to access any of their services

Contact: 613-966-3074 / 1-800-267-0533

Red Cedars Shelter

Red Cedars Shelter provides a safe place for women and their children who are leaving abusive situations.

Contact: 613-967-2003
24 hour CRISIS LINE: 1-800-672-9515


Lennox and Addington Interval House

Lennox & Addington Interval House provides safe shelter, transitional housing and counselling supports for abused women and their children. Services are provided to those who have been physically, sexually, emotionally or financially abused or those who fear they will be assaulted. Trained and committed staff offer supportive counselling, crisis intervention and safety planning.

Contact: 24 Hour Crisis Line – 613-354-1010
Toll Free: 1-800-667-1010 Text Only: 613-449-1080

Maggie’s Resource Centre

Maggie’s Resource Centre is a community-based agency dedicated to providing a broad continuum of services to rural women in North Hastings.

Contact: 613-332-3010
After Hours Crisis Answering Service: 613-332-3010

Local Housing Programs


Youthab provides safe and affordable supportive housing to young people aged 16 – 24 who are looking for a home but are not ready to live on their own yet.

Address: 210A Front Street, Belleville Contact: 613-969-9765

Community and Human Services – Housing Services (Rent Geared Income and Rent Connect in Hastings County)

Hastings County, through the Hastings Local Housing Corporation (HLHC), provides safe, modest and affordable housing for low income households. In addition, Hastings County, as Service Manager for Social Housing, is responsible for encouraging the development of new housing including non-profit/cooperative housing and affordable rental housing.

The HLHC units are located in Bancroft, Belleville, Coe Hill, Deseronto, Madoc, Marmora, Stirling, Quinte West (Trenton and Frankford Wards) and Tweed.

The Housing Services office also administers the Social Housing Registry. This list provides one centralized waiting list for social housing in Hastings County.

Address: 228 Church Street, Belleville Contact: 613-966-1311
Toll Free: 1-800-267-2804

How to apply for social housing

Contact the Intake Access Centre at 613-771-9630 or 1-866-414-0300 during regular business hours Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. Staff will help you complete an application over the phone.

Waiting list

The length of your wait depends on the number of bedrooms required, location preference and vacancy turnover rate. This means it is difficult to know where you are on the wait list, and predict how long you will have to wait.

Monthly Rent

Rent is approximately 30% of the total gross household income. Persons receiving a fixed income such as Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program pay rates that are set by the Province of Ontario.

Emergency Financial Aid

Ontario Works/Emergency Assistance

To apply for Ontario Works or Emergency Assistance in Hastings County;

· Apply online

· Call 1-888-999-1142,  Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

· Call 613-771-9630

If you are in receipt of Ontario Works, contact your caseworker at the phone numbers below:

Belleville: 1-800-267-0575 or 613-966-1311
Bancroft: 1-866-569-1941 or 613-332-3410
Madoc: 1-866-434-4024 or 613-473-5258
Quinte West: 1-800-267-0575 or 613-392-1387

If you are in receipt of Ontario Disability Support Program, contact your caseworker at 1-800-267-4355 or  613-962-9562.

To learn more about Ontario Works Assistance and benefits please go to

LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program)

To apply for LEAP contact your utility provider at the contact information found on your bill. In North Hastings, contact United Way of Greater Simcoe Muskoka at 1-855-ITS-LEAP (1-855-487-5327).

Winter Warmth Program

To apply for Winter Warmth Program (gas only) contact 613-771-9630.

Community Trust

Community Trust provides financial assistance to low-income residents.  Items such as appliances, rent and emergency food may be covered.  Applicants can only apply once in a twelve-month period.

Belleville: 613-962-3070
Central Hastings: 613-473-5258
North Hastings: 613-339-1100
Quinte West: 613-392-1387 ext. 2202

The Ontario Energy Support Program (OESP)

If you are a customer of an electricity utility and in a lower-income home, you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill.  The OESP will reduce the cost of your household electricity by applying a monthly credit directly to your bill. The credit amount will depend on how many people live in your home and your combined household income.

Contact: 1-855-831-8151
TTY: 1-800-855-1155 (TTY to TTY)
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 9:00pm

Meal Programs and Food Banks

North Hastings Community Cupboard Food Bank

Address: 2 Madawaska Street, Bancroft
Contact: 343-476-0177
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday- 11:30 am-2:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm-7:00 pm


Eastminister United Church (free hot meal)

Address: 432 Bridge Street East, Belleville
Contact: 613-969-5212
Hours: Wednesday 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Salvation Army

Address: 295 Pinnacle Street, Belleville
Contact: 613-968-6834

Lunch Program (free soup, sandwiches, coffee, drinks and dessert)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30 am-12:45 pm

Emergency Food Bank
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Bridge Street United Church (Daily Lunches)

Address: 60 Bridge Street East, Belleville
Contact: 613-962-9178 Daily Lunches -Daily take away lunch from 11:30am-1:00pm, available 7 days a week

Peer Support South East Ontario (FREE hot lunch)

Address: 391 Front Street, Unit C, Belleville
Contact: 613-969-1772
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am-2:30 pm; Saturday 9:00am-1:30 pm

Christmas Sharing Program (Seasonal)

Contact: 613-969-1020

Gleaners Food Bank

Address: 25 Wallbridge Crescent, Belleville
Contact: 613-962-9043
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Michelangelo’s Café at Gleaners Food Bank (free coffee, snacks and sandwiches)

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm; Wednesday 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

St. Matthew’s Distribution Centre (Gleaners)

Address: 25 Holloway Street, Belleville
Hours: Tuesday 1:00 pm-2:00 pm; Free Lunch – Tuesday 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Contact: 613-967-1511


At The Crossroads Church: Catherine’s Kitchen (free lunch)

Address: 24 Dundas Street West, Trenton
Contact: 613-392-8200
Hours: Monday- Thursday 11:00am-12:30pm 

Trenton United Church (lunch program)

Address: 85 Dundas Street East, Trenton
Contact: 613-392-6001
Hours: 1st and 3rd Friday of the month 11:30 am-12:30 pm (year round)

Care and Share Food Bank

Address: 30 Pelham Street Unit #2, Trenton
Contact: 613-394-5551
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 am-12:30 pm


Tweed Food Bank-Salvation Army

Address: 224 Metcalf Street, Tweed
Contact: 613-478-3375
Hours: Monday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm; Wednesday 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Gateway Community Health Centre

Community Kitchens and Workshops (monthly)

Address: 41 McLellan Street, Tweed Contact: 613-478-1211 ext. 228 to sign up


Helping Hands Food Bank

Address:151 St. Lawrence Street East, Madoc
Contact: 613-473-9035 or 613-473-5255
Hours: Monday 10:00 am-1:00 pm; Tuesday 6:00 pm-8:00 pm; Wednesday 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Thursday 1:00 pm-4:00 pm


Helping Hands Food Bank

Address:37 Forsythe Street, Marmora (Library)
Contact: 613-472-3594
Hours: Tuesday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm


Maynooth and Area Food Bank

Address: 33064 Highway 62, Maynooth (Holy Trinity Anglican Church)
Contact: 613-338-2085
Hours: 12:30pm-1:30pm the second and third Thursday of each month


Stirling and Area Christian Community Care-Community Cupboard

Address: 85 Station Street, Stirling
Contact: 613-395-3952
Hours: Most Thursdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (call first)


Tri-Township Food Basket

Address: 2254 Highway 620, Coe Hill (Royal Canadian Legion Branch)
Contact: 613-337-8660
Hours: Every Monday except holidays  12:30 pm-2:00 pm


Helping Hands Food Bank – Lion’s Club

Address: 316 Edmon Street, Deseronto
Contact: 613-396-2440
Hours: 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month 10:00 am-12:00 pm


The World of Life Outreach Food Bank

Address: 2016 Highway 127, Lake St. Peter
Contact: 613-338-2121
Hours: Tuesday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Community Development Council of Quinte

Community Development Council of Quinte offers programs to help individuals and families stretch their food and baby supply budgets and are available in depots throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

Programs offered include:

  • Good Baby Box
  • Good Food Box
  • Community Gardens
  • Community Kitchens
  • Food for Thought

Address: 65 Station St, Belleville Contact: 613-968-2466


Community and Advocacy Legal Centre (CALC)

A non profit legal clinic that provides free legal advice and advocacy services for low income individuals throughout Hastings County.  The clinic can help with tenant’s rights, worker’s compensation, social assistance and Canada Pension Plan issues, employment problems, consumer law, special education problems and criminal injuries compensation.

Address: 158 George Street, Belleville
Contact: 613-966-8686

Landlord and Tenant Board

Contact: 1-888-332-3234 | 1-416-645-8080

Legal Aid Ontario

For information about Legal Aid services, call the client service centre at 1-800-668-8258 for TTY, call 1-866-641-8867.  Press 0 and ask to speak to a client services representative.

Services (NSHC, Youthab and Career Edge)


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