Emergency Housing and Shelters

If you have no place to stay, there are places in the community that can provide emergency accommodation to singles and families.

Transition House shelter

10 Chapel Street, Cobourg

Emergency shelter services for individuals experiencing homelessness in Northumberland are provided by Transition House shelter in the Town of Cobourg. Community members can access emergency shelter services through the coordinated entry system managed by Transition House, either through local agencies or through self-referral by calling 905-376-9562.

310 Division Street: Modernizing shelter services to address community need

To help address the urgent local need for housing and shelter services in Northumberland, the County is pleased to announce a partnership with Transition House Shelter on the purchase of a former retirement residence at 310 Division Street, Cobourg. The County has purchased the vacant property on behalf of Transition House Shelter to support the relocation of local shelter services and wraparound support services into one central location. This modernized shelter is anticipated to open in spring 2024, with shelter spaces available for approximately 35 people, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 

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Emergency shelters for women fleeing abuse

There are two emergency shelters for single women or women with children that are fleeing abuse. Both shelters provide counselling and outreach support services.

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

40 Swayne Street, Cobourg

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre provides shelter services for women and families fleeing violence and abuse. Cornerstone delivers a coordinated care approach, connecting women with counselors, housing, and family support workers, all under one roof.

For more information, call 905-372-0746 or 1-800-263-3757.

Warming Hub

From October through April, overnight warming hub services were made available in the community as a winter relief measure. The hub provided an additional safe space in our community where, during the overnight hours, people could take shelter from the cold, rest and access washrooms and light refreshments. During daytime hours, the location served as a hub for support agencies to connect with people and provide services such as wellness checks and vaccine clinics, crisis intervention, housing search supports, addiction harm reduction supports, and social services.

From October 2023 until April 2024, Warming Hub services were provided by Transition House Emergency Shelter in partnership with St. Peter's Anglican Church, Cobourg, with funding from Northumberland County. Details about future services will be announced later this year.

Additional supports for unsheltered residents

If you are homeless or need help finding more suitable housing, you can contact: