Do you need shelter?

Homeless individuals or individuals at risk of homelessness can access Transition House through self referrals or local agencies.

About Our Services



We provide temporary emergency housing for up to 3 months for those in need of shelter.



We help residents develop action plans to deal with immediate crisis and long term goals.



Our staff helps residents identify their needs and provides resources to ensure goals are met.



Schedules allocate time for action plans, attending workshops and housing searches.


Life Skills

We provide weekly workshops teaching important life skills.


Agency Visits

Health, mental health, addiction services are available through community agencies that visit the house.


Programs and supports

Programs and supports focus on housing needs, income support, money management and other personal goals.

Transition House Emergency Shelter has been providing safe and supportive shelter for Northumberland County’s most compromised citizens since 1999. As the only emergency shelter that serves all citizens of Northumberland County, Transition House is committed to offering a valuable and often life-saving service for those with multiple challenges, particular vulnerabilities and needs related to homelessness and housing insecurity.

The house and services are available to all segments of the community including single men and women, youth, seniors, single parents and couples with or without children. Residents are able to reside at the House for a 3 month stay. During this time Transition House staff not only provide emergency housing but help those facing homelessness and housing insecurity deal with some of the underlying issues they may be facing. We respect the individual’s right to make choices and gain control over their lives. With an integrated and individualized approach residents at Transition House take part in developing a personal action plan and staff work with them to access the appropriate community resources and services that are available in the community. Transition House has strong community partnerships and is an access point to a boarder system of supports and services.

We recognize that secure and lasting housing is fundamental to human dignity and is a basic human rights issue. Transition House supports a Housing First approach that recognizes the need for a co-ordinated systems response that focuses on re-housing people as quickly as possible and helps residents access the supports they need to stabilize their lives.

Transition House strives to create a family atmosphere where staff and residents work together to promote a safe, secure environment that provides stability and structure to the residents’ lives.

Residential Services

Transition House is a 6 bedroom, 24 bed shelter that assists single men and women, couples and families. We have supportive staff on site 24 hours a day 7 days a week to assist those living within the shelter or for individuals who require our services.

Our Programs
Our Shelter provides a variety of services to our residents including:

  • Safe and secure temporary accommodations for up to 90 days
  • 24 hour support for residents
  • Goal setting and action planning
  • Assistance finding permanent housing
  • Financial management assistance
  • Weekly house meetings
  • Nurse practitioner comes to the house for clients
  • Employment assistance
  • Referring residents to agencies within the community
  • Facilitating and advocating on behalf of residents with agencies such as Social Services
  • Continuous outreach services if required after departure
  • Workshops to ensure residents are equipped with knowledge about services within the community
  • Provide vouchers from “Beyond the Blue Box” or “Horizons of Friendship” to purchase items such as clothing or household items