In 1982 Porter Place begins its work at Yonge Street and William Roe as the only men’s emergency hostel in York Region. Porter Place is now currently located at our East Gwillimbury location and still remains as the only permanent emergency shelter for men in York Region.  We provided shelter and support to over 288 individuals at Porter in 2016.

“The numbers that are reported here are unique individuals served at each shelter.  However, we see larger numbers of homeless individuals at each shelter because people experience chronic homelessness due to factors such as a lack of affordable housing in our Region.  This means that some of the individuals we serve have no choice but to return to our shelters due to systemic barriers.”

We provide the following wraparound supports for men staying with us:

  • Support to find and maintain affordable housing
  • Accommodation and food
  • Supportive counselling
  • Assessment
  • Referral to appropriate treatment programs and community services
  • Assistance to obtain identification
  • Connection and mediation with landlords
  • Budget/financial planning
  • Service referral
  • Assistance with housing search
Client at Porter Place Men's Shelter

Up and Running

Things were kind of hazy

My world was cloudy and blue
I needed space and time, to clear my head
And my miracle was just about due
I’m compelled to tell you
Of the life you’ve saved
The professionalism you’ve set in place
The standard you wouldn’t compromise
Were the things I had to face
I wish I could find a way
To thank you for the many lives you saved
So I’ll pray for the diligence and patience
And emit the love you gave
May miracles shower you and all that you do
May your smiles touch, all who pass through
May you always remember
And I’ll pray that you do
And all its array
That opened this wonderful view

– Peter, Former Porter Place Client