Empower Simcoe

Site: South Georgian Bay

Service: Regional Housing Support Services

Description
Description (Service) COVID-19 Response 
  • In-person support and drop-ins are not available 
  • phone support is available by phoning the Empower Simcoe intake line, 705-739-0485 and leaving a message, and a housing associate will call you back to book an appointment by phone
 
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 Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)  
  • Member of the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness
 
Houses to Homes  
New, one-time, short term financial assistance available to those experiencing homelessness. Eligible activities include:  
  • Renters insurance  
  • Moving costs  
  • First and last month's rent  
  • Housing set up  
  • Transportation Vouchers  
  • Utility deposits  
  • Identification and credit checks
 
Each eligible activity has a max dollar amount and may require supporting documentation where applicable. Funding is intended as a last resort. All other avenues must be exhausted to qualify. Call to apply 
 
Housing access workers also provide support at the Collingwood Public Library and the South Georgian Bay Community Centre
Service Details
Public Comments COVID-19 Response
  • In-person support and drop-ins are not available
  • phone support is available by phoning the Empower Simcoe intake line, 705-739-0485 and leaving a message, and a housing associate will call you back to book an appointment by phone
Hours COVID-19 Response
  • In-person support and drop-ins are not available
  • phone support is available by phoning the Empower Simcoe intake line, 705-739-0485 and leaving a message, and a housing associate will call you back to book an appointment by phone
Regular Hours Office
  • By appointment only: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm, closed daily from 12 noon-1 pm
  • Drop-in Hours: Tue 9 am-11:30 am
Outreach Locations - Drop-in
  • Mon 10 am-4:30 pm, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie St, Collingwood
  • Wed 9 am-4:30 pm, South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, 4 Ramblewood Dr, Unit 202, Wasaga Beach
Areas Served Clearview (Simcoe County) ; Collingwood ; Wasaga Beach - and surrounding area ; See catchment area map: www.simcoecommunityservices.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Housing-Resource-Centres-map.jpg
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
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Collingwood
Address & Map
485 Second St, Unit B
Collingwood, ON L9Y 2E1
 
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Intersection High St and Second St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Office Phone Regional Housing Support Services: 705-739-0485
Toll Free Phone 1-833-726-9082
Website https://empowersimcoe.ca/
Social Media Facebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/EmpowerSimcoe/
Instagram Instagram: www.instagram.com/empower_simcoe/
LinkedIn LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/empower-simcoe/
Twitter Twitter: twitter.com/EmpowerSimcoe
Primary Contact Laurie Straughan, Supports and Services Manager; Phone: 705-726-9082 ext 2239; Email: lstraughan@empowersimcoe.ca
Alternate Contact Luke Allen, Housing Access Worker; Email: lallen@empowersimcoe.ca
Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Hall, Marketing and Communications Manager; Phone: 705-726-9082 ext 5280; Email: jhall@empowersimcoe.ca
Primary Executive Claudine Cousins, Chief Executive Officer; Phone: 705-726-9082

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