Emergencies: Are you homeless or about to become homeless?

Emergency housing

Local Ontario Works (OW) offices may be able to assist with emergency housing if you are homeless.  Belleville also has a homeless shelter, Grace Inn. If you are being evicted for rent arrears, you can ask for funds from the Housing and Homelessness Fund.  You can use the money to pay back rent you owe and stop your eviction, or to pay set-up costs at a new residence.

Enrichment Centre for Mental Health offers transitional housing for the homeless in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

Hastings Housing Resource Centre (HHRC) has listings of available housing, and has information and support for tenants. They help residents of Hastings County find immediate housing. Landlords can list units for free.

  • See also their emergency assistance information page. This page will provide you with information on housing, food, shelters, addiction, financial assistance, counselling, medical help and clothing.

Local OW offices in our area:

Financial help

CALC’s Financial Resources for Tenants tip sheet lists places you can get funds to help with rent.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) gives emergency financial help for electricity or gas bills. See our LEAP Tip Sheet for how and where to apply.

Hastings County H.E.A.T. Program – The Hastings County Energy Assistance Top-Up (H.E.A.T.) program was designed to reduce the risk of homelessness by assisting with winter heating bills. An application form is available for download on their website.

Housing for young people

Youthab’s Transition Home provides safe and affordable housing to young people aged 16 – 24 who are looking for a home but are not ready to live on their own yet.

Youthab’s Co-Operative Housing Program provides safe and affordable housing to young people aged 16 – 24 who are ready for semi-independent living.

Shelters for victims of domestic violence

See our Domestic Violence emergencies page.

Food emergencies

Hastings & Prince Edward Counties

Local food banks are:

Gleaners Food Bank
25 Wallbridge Crescent, Belleville, Ontario

Belleville Salvation Army Food Bank
295 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario

Visit the “We All Deserve to Eat” website for more information on where to find available food in the Belleville area, including hot or frozen meals.

The Food Access Guide from the Public Health Unit gives information about free or low cost food and meal programs.

Hastings County Community Services Booklet (2021) has information on food banks and meal programs.

The Hastings Housing Resource Centre has emergency assistance information on their website, providing information on where to find food (as well as housing, shelters, addiction, financial assistance, counselling, medical help and clothing).

Community Development Council of Quinte runs the Good Food Box and Good Baby Box programs. These boxes provide fresh fruits and vegetables and are available for anyone.

Lennox & Addington County

Local food bank:

Napanee Salvation Army
135 Mill Street West, Napanee, Ontario

Kingston Good Food Box includes locations in Lennox & Addington County where you can pick up a box. Boxes are available for anyone.

Other community food programs are listed on the KFL&A Public Health website.