Safe Haven

Because Sometimes Homelessness Happens

Safe Haven exists to help those suffering from short-term homelessness in Perth County.  We work with those in the community to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Homeless man bundled up warm for the cold in front of a sunrise.

Hope Grows When People Care

About Us

Safe Haven is a nonprofit organization. We connect eligible compassionate homeowners, who are willing to open their doors, and offer a spare room to someone that is newly homeless. This solution to the growing tragedy of homelessness is reaching people before the dark progression of hopelessness takes root. Our mission is to create a welcoming and inclusive experience through a Homesharing Program.

The Situation

Homelessness can occur in an instant with the sudden loss of a job, relationship break-up, or medical emergency. Loss of their homes is often driven purely by economics and lack of accessibility to affordable housing. This can place people of low-economic status and vulnerable populations such as seniors and newcomers to Canada at risk. While the path to stability begins with a safe and peaceful shelter options are quite limited in Perth County.

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The Target

Supporters for Perth County’s homeless community are devising a comprehensive plan to provide those in need with shelter. Those who would qualify for such shelter are those within low-economic status, seniors, and newcomers.

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The Proposal

Our aim is to invite “hosts” who would be willing to open their homes to individuals who need temporary transitional housing. Their homes would serve as a safe and peaceful roof over their heads until such a time that they are able to secure permanent housing of their own. 

In phase 2 (2024) we aim to establish policies and procedures to enable Safe Haven Perth to provide independent living accommodation in the form of a permanent shelter (for example, tiny homes, all-season trailers). Sobriety and codes of conduct would be expected to be adhered to by supervising individuals in the organization. Safe Haven Perth operates as a nonprofit where we will seek financial support from local businesses, churches, individuals, and relevant non-profit grants.

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Frequently Asked Question

Do you have some questions about Safe Haven?  Here are some of the most frequently asked ones.  If you still have more questions, reach out to us at [email protected]

  • Who is eligible to become a Host?

    Safety First!

    All adults living within the premises may need to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check and a Criminal Record Check from the police to ensure safety and security for all.

    A peaceful private bedroom is required for their belongings and a comfortable place to rest their head.

    Can you provide a welcoming home environment.  This is key to developing respectful relationships.

    Access to public transit is beneficial.

  • How do I become a Host?

    The steps to becoming a host begins with completing a host registration inquiry form.  This form details a profile of Host, location and what you can provide.

    If you are approved, we would present you with a profile of an individual in need.  If you feel a connection could be made with the individual the next step would be to arrange a time and place where you could interview the recipient personally.

    The next phase of the approval process requires that a contract between both parties is signed.  This contract outlines lifestyle considerations and requirements.

    You can now arrange details of stay and begin establishing your relationship.

  • Will I receive support and guidance From Safe Haven?

    One of our priories for Safe Haven is to support and guide both Host and Guest throughout the term of their agreement.

    • You will receive a Homesharing Information Package that consists of information that will help you get started.
    • Will receive a list of Local Support Organizations.
    • Direction to help your Guest find their own housing support worker.
  • Do I need to provide food, clothing or other items?

    This will be dependent upon case to case and will be discussed between host and guest. The details of such can be outlined in the contract.  (Each situation will be unique)

  • Can I charge A Fee?

    The option to charge a fee will be solely the decision of the Host.  We understand that expenses incurred to accommodate additional persons in the household may be a challenge.  If you need financial assistance you may opt to charge a fair monthly fee.  Homeless people often have a regular income from Social Assistance or their employment income. A mutual agreed upon fee that is reasonable based on their income can be determined at the first meeting stage.

  • What are the Risks?

    It is the priority of Safe Haven to minimize the risk to both parties. Each party may need to complete a Vulnerable Sectors Check and Criminal Record Check. A questionnaire is required by both parties for screening purposes only.

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If you or your organization would like to get involved, we could really use your help; whether you can provide housing, land, or financial assistance, we would love to hear from you.

  • Create a place for someone at risk for homelessness today!

    Many people find themselves a victim of circumstances beyond their control, leading to the risk of homelessness.  By opening your home to someone for a limited time, you can help prevent a temporary setback from becoming chronic homelessness.

    You may be asked to complete a Police Check. Also, you should review your liability and property damage insurance to make sure your coverage is adequate.
  • Have you got some free time?  We can help you put it to good use!

    If you would like to do something important in your community, you can make a difference volunteering with Safe Haven.  We can use volunteers with a variety of skills and ages.  Seniors, students, entire families are all welcomed to participate.

    Fill out this form if you would like to volunteer with Safe Haven.
    Please be aware that potential volunteers may be required to have a vulnerable sector check done prior to volunteering with SafeHaven Perth

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  • Want to know more about Safe Haven, our mission and objectives?

    If you’re curious about Safe Haven and want to learn about our approach to the local problem of homelessness, or if you have questions or suggestions, feel free to reach out.  We would love to hear from you.

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