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.

Statistics for homelessness in any area are not always accurate due to under-reporting. In addition, individuals may seek to find their own shelter through other resources and those statistics are not tracked.

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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.

Local churches, businesses, realtors, and other resources are part of the solution. Those who are passionate about coming alongside homeless individuals will be invited to join this endeavor.

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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]

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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

  • 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.

  • Are you in need of housing? You can start your application here.

    We're sorry that you've found yourself in a difficult situation. We want to help find housing for qualified individuals. You can start the process by filling out this form.