Anyone in need of emergency shelter in the province, should call the shelter support line 1-833-220-4722 for help, or call or text 211.
The following is a list of PEI organizations that provide community-based housing:
Bedford MacDonald House men’s shelter in Charlottetown: 902-892-9242
Blooming House women’s shelter in Charlottetown: 902-213-9969
Deacon House overnight shelter for adult men with addictions in Charlottetown: 902-368-4036
Anderson House emergency shelter for women and children experiencing violence in Charlottetown: Crisis line: 902-892-0960. Toll-free: 1-800-240-9894
Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter for women and children on Lennox Island. Toll-free: 1-855-297-2332
Further supports in the community
Harvest House in Charlottetown is developing a six-bed transitional unit for men at its current location at 243 University Avenue. The Province will provide financial assistance to support the necessary renovations to the building.
For more information, call 902-894-5350 or follow them on Facebook.
Community Outreach Centre at Smith Lodge in Charlottetown will open as a 20-bed transitional housing complex later this year. The Community Outreach Centre will continue to operate daily (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) offering community supports to people experiencing homelessness. Call 902-367-3884.
The Salvation Army offers assistance with food and other practical needs on Prince Edward Island. Please contact their Community and Family Services departments at 902-892-8870 for Charlottetown and 902-436-6044 for Summerside.
Downtown Charlottetown Inc. Navigator Street Outreach provides homeless and street-involved individuals with support to address barriers to securing and maintaining employment and housing, support to navigate services around health, mental health and addictions support, and partners with a variety of community agencies to ensure individuals receive the supports required.
For more information, call Downtown Charlottetown Inc. at 902-368-8636 or email [email protected]
Housing First – Canadian Mental Health Association, PEI Division provides a recovery-oriented approach to help homeless individuals quickly find permanent, affordable, and independent housing in the community. They also offer additional supports and services to help individuals move toward self-sufficiency and assist those who are at imminent risk of homelessness.
West Prince Housing: 902-853-4180
The Province will continue to partner with transportation providers to ensure that Islanders can get to supports and shelters as required.
The Province has provided a van to support the work of the Downtown Charlottetown Street Navigator. Province announces accessible transportation rebate program
Community Needs Assessment on Emergency Shelters
As part of the Housing Action Plan, an independent consultant carried out a community needs assessment to inform planning for emergency shelter on Prince Edward Island. The community needs assessment outlines 30 recommendations under three broad categories:
1. Increase housing supply for emergency shelters, transitional housing, supportive housing and subsidized housing;
2. Adopt a client-centred, collaborative approach; and
3. Develop standard data collection approaches and common reporting.
View the report and government’s actions to address the recommendations here.
Provincial funding supports
Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. As the community entity of Reaching Home, the John Howard Society of PEI is responsible for the overall administration and the coordination of this program.
Reaching Home is also overseen by a Community Advisory Committee consisting of approximately 20 agencies in the cities of Charlottetown and Summerside who work with the homeless or those who are at risk of being homeless.
For further information contact Donna Keenan at 902-367-3356 or [email protected] . Read the newsletters from Reaching Home below: