What is this Service?
The services provided through emergency hostels/shelters can be viewed as a key point of access to a broad range of social services (by some municipalities). However, emergency hostels are not intended to serve as permanent housing.
The provision of emergency hostel services by a municipality is not mandatory. Municipalities may choose to offer emergency shelter services directly or through third-party contracts with community-based agencies.
Specific objectives include:
- Ensure that individuals and families experiencing homelessness have access to temporary emergency shelter services that will help them stabilize their situations and move into appropriate accommodation in the community
- Provide safe and secure basic accommodations and meals for individuals and/or families experiencing homelessness
Immigration: Federal immigration policies and processing times for Refugee claims.
Information Systems: Database systems used could impact reporting capabilities.
Other Housing Services: Availability of transitional and/or supported living housing in the community and supplementary support services.
Political Climate: Current and former local and provincial policies and support for homelessness impact service level provided, i.e. Is the climate conducive to support, fund and build/procure spaces?
Supply vs. Demand: Individuals in need may decide not to take up offers of shelter.
Vacancy Rates in Rental Markets: Housing availability and affordability.
Weather Conditions: Number of beds can vary by season. Natural disasters and weather related events increase occupancy and length of stay.