SHOPP- Supportive Housing of Perth Program









About Us:

Supported Housing of Perth Program (SHOPP) is a highly collaborative Housing First program serving the City of Stratford, Perth County, and St. Marys. The program provides housing assistance and wrap around support services to people who are experiencing homelessness from the following priority groups:

• Youth 16-24 years of age;

• Adults transitioning from provincial institutions;

• Families with dependent children who face multiple barriers to housing stability; and

• Individuals experiencing chronic homelessness (including those who self-identify as Indigenous).

In coordination with the City of Stratford Social Services Department, SHOPP services are delivered in partnership with four agencies:

• Choices for Change

• John Howard Society of London & District

• Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services

• Stratford/Perth Shelterlink

Housing Stability Services:
SHOPP Housing Stability Workers provide intensive case management support to individuals and families that have experienced persistent homelessness but are now housed.

The goal is to support individuals and families in achieving stability in their housing by assisting with the transition into a new home, neighbourhood and community.

Housing Liaison Services:

The SHOPP Housing Liaison Worker supports social and private market housing providers interested in making apartments available to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

By participating in this program, housing providers will be supported by the Housing Liaison Worker during weekdays and a dedicated after-hours telephone response for evenings, weekends and holidays.

Addiction Counselling Services:

Through a designated addiction counselling position, SHOPP offers free, practical and confidential counselling services to anyone participating in the program who has concerns about their own alcohol use and drug use.

Services offered include, but are not limited to:

• Assessment

• Information and support

• Individual and family counselling (in-office, in-home or community-based)

• Referral to treatment services

• Referral to gambling and other behavioural addiction services

• Referrals to community services

After Hours Telephone Support:

SHOPP offers a dedicated phone line in order to support tenants and housing providers connected to the program. The line is answered from 4:30pm to 8:30am daily and 24 hours on weekends/holidays.

The After Hours Telephone Support is committed to providing a consistent live answer.

Office: 519-272-2294

Know someone experiencing homelessness in Perth County?

Call the Emergency Community Placement phone line:

Weekdays (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm): 519-271-3773 ext. 200

After Hours/Holidays/Weekends: 519-272-2294

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At Stratford Perth Shelterlink, our mission is to assist homeless youth and those at risk of becoming homeless. We do more than just assist in finding them a warm safe bed — we are actively working with youth to assist them in their pursuits, through education and skills development supports. We were recently the recipients of a grant through the Emergency Community Support Fund in conjunction with the local Stratford Perth Community Foundation. The grant allowed us to purchase laptops and upgrade our internet and purchase supplies for skills development programming. The staff and youth at the shelter are thrilled they will be able to carry on with education and pursue employment opportunities during the pandemic.

Stratford Perth Shelterlink are the proud recipients of a $7000 grant from the Emergency Community Support Fund with the assistance of the local Stratford Perth Community Foundation.

The grant was much needed support to our local Living Options for Youth and Emergency Community Placement Program which assists homeless youth, or those at risk of experiencing homelessness, during COVID 19.  COVID 19 cancelled a major fundraiser for our organization so we are grateful for the assistance to allow our programs to continue and our shelter to remain operational 24 hours a day.

Next Fundraising Event:

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Shelterlink Wish List

We could use your help! Shelterlink is in need of the following items for the Living Options for Youth program. Please consider donating.

  • Fans for the summer!
  • Single bed mattress covers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Non-perishable goods
  • Laundry soap
  • Laundry baskets
  • Towels
  • Dish soap
  • Single Bed Sheets
  • Grocery Gift Cards
    • to buy fresh items for our Breakfast Program
  • Staples Gift Cards
    • to buy much needed school and office supplies
  • Quarters for Laundry
    • $0.25 x 4 = 1 load

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