Emergency Overnight Shelter

About the Program

S.H.I.F.T’s Emergency Overnight Shelter Program is open to those experiencing chronic or episodic homelessness or in need of emergency shelter with no housing alternatives.  We are a short-term, housing-focused shelter, serving adults and youth (16+), of all genders including transgender people, couples and others who cannot access other local services under harm reduction principles. The focus of the program is on provision of shelter while assisting participants to access resources for community-building.

Located at 41 Paris St. (the corner of Wellington St. and Paris St.) in Alliston

Call us: 705-435-7293

Email us: intake@shiftforgood.ca


Hours of operation*: 7:30PM – 8:00AM

Intake hours*: 7:30PM – 9:30PM    

No late intakes accepted. No exceptions.

Daily – Sunday through Saturday

November through April (winter months) only.

*Hours are subject to change

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What you can expect:

  • Daily intake/admission that includes a brief intake interview, which includes a conversation about housing alternatives, providing basic information for intake into the program and completion of program entry documentation.


  • Daily check-ins regarding housing-related activities and progress in securing safe and appropriate housing or housing alternatives.

  • Assistance from staff in your housing-related needs. This may include assistance in completing applications for social services, job and housing searches, and referrals to health, mental health, or social supports as needed.

  • A dedicated team of staff and volunteers helping to make you feel safe and supported.