Description (Service) Housing Resource Centre to assist those looking for permanent housing, services include: 
* assistance with accessing funding for utility and rent related expenses 
* assistance with accessing funding for support services needed for individuals with a disability or mental illness who are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support 
* landlord/tenant mediation 
* referrals to community resources  
* maintaining a landlord registry 
* maintaining a housing registry of houses, townhouses, apartments, rooms and shared accommodation 
* assistance with applications for subsidized housing which must be forwarded by client 
* assistance with applications for Housing Retention Fund, which is intended to assist low income residents of Simcoe County who are facing rent arrears or energy related financial emergencies by providing them with financial assistance 
* assistance with applications for Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) 
Co-sponsored by Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe County Branch and is funded by the County of Simcoe and the United Way * member of the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness * Housing Access Workers also provide support through other agencies such as the David Busby Centre, Youth Haven, Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County and Salvation Army
Service Details
Hours Office  
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm * by appointment only 
Outreach Locations 
David Busby Street Centre, 88 Mulcaster St, Barrie 
Drop-in: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:30 am-11:30 am 
By appointment only: Mon, Fri 1 pm-3 pm 
Ontario Works Office, 136 Bayfield St, 4th Floor, Barrie 
Drop-in Mon, Wed 9 am-4 pm
Areas Served Barrie ; Midhurst ; Oro-Medonte ; Springwater - and surrounding areas ; See catchment map:
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Adults * Young Adults * 16 yrs and up who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, low income or having a special need that affects ability to obtain or maintain adequate affordable housing
Application Call to make an appointment and to get an application form * Referral - social agency * Referral - self 
Applications for heating assistance (electric or gas) are accepted from Oct-Apr
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
Empower Simcoe
39 Fraser Court
Barrie, ON L4N 5J5
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Intersection Morrow Rd and Patterson Rd
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Office Phone Housing Office at 39 Fraser Court:705-739-0485
Toll Free Phone 1-833-726-9082
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Primary Contact Laurie Straughan, Supports and Services Manager; Phone: 705-726-9082 ext 2239; Email:
Primary Executive Claudine Cousins, Chief Executive Officer; Phone: 705-726-9082

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