Women-Only Shelters

Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS)

"Our organizations ...provide a full range of support services to women and their children in a safe, supportive environment and... provide survivors of violence with opportunities to learn about available resources and alternatives to facilitate informed personal choices and decisions."

THANS works from a feminist-based perspective that seeks to work collaboratively with other community organizations and the three levels of government, as allies, in addressing these barriers and eliminating violence against all.

Adsum House

"For the past 28 years, Adsum has been meeting women and children and female youth where they are, without judgment, offering a range of services and support during periods of homelessness. We operate out of four locations in the Halifax Regional Municipality: an emergency shelter, second-stage housing and two affordable, supportive housing buildings for women and children."

Bryony House

Bryony House is a 24-bed shelter. "Each year, approximately 470 women and children stay with us and 2,500 distress calls are answered. Our dedicated counsellors are there to answer the 24-hour distress line, provide individual/group supportive counselling, public education, advocacy and referrals. An important part of our work is to break the cycle of violence. Women who contact us come from many walks of life, socio-economic classes and cultural backgrounds. What they have in common is that they are in, or are fleeing, an abusive intimate relationship. Today, we continue to provide transitional supports and services that strengthen our community, educate the public and saves lives."

Holly House

Located on 1 Tulip Street, Dartmouth, N.S., Holly House provides affordable housing for homeless women. Each Woman can stay up to 2 years, and during that time participate in a number of services aimed at helping her to become an independent, productive member of the community.

Barry House

Run by Shelter Nova Scotia

Barry House provides emergency shelter for women and their dependent children experiencing homelessness. Women with pets are welcome too.


Men-Only Shelters

Metro Turning Point

Metro Turning Point provides emergency shelter for men experiencing homelessness, operating under a harm reduction framework. Capacity: 80, pets welcome.

Salvation Army Shelter

  • 2044 Gottingen St
  • 902-422-2363

Provides emergency housing for men aged 19 and up. Capacity: 40. 


Coed/Family Shelters

Phoenix House

  • 902-446-4663
  • Emergency contacts, Phoenix Centre for Youth: 902-420-0676
  • Phoenix Youth Shelter: 902-446-4663
  • 1094 Tower Road

Phoenix's Emergency Youth Shelter provides homeless youth aged 16-24 with short-term emergency housing and offers an exit from street-life. This 20 single room facility was established in December 2001 to provide safe accommodation to 15 male and five female residents. Services offered through Phoenix's Emergency Youth Shelter include counselling and therapeutic support, crisis intervention, on-site health care, social skills development and clothing, food and other daily essentials. Phoenix also offers a range of other supports, including a ten-bed long-term residential service, a supervised apartment program, and a learning and employment program.

Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter

Open to all people aged 16 and older, including trans-identified people, couples, and people with pets. Capacity: 15.

Open 9 pm – 8 am.