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Basic Needs resources are resources such as food, housing (including shelters), transportation and temporary financial assistance.

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Publicly Funded / Free Services

Monthly free clothing and household goods distribution. more
437 Main Street, Kentville, NS, B4N 1L4 Map
902-670-3638
Area Served: Western Nova Scotia
All ages
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1. Child Welfare including Children's Aid Society (CAS)

The child welfare / child protection system is a group of services that promote the well-being of children by protecting children from abuse or neglect, ensuring they are safe, and strengthening families so that they can successfully care for their children.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Child protection services strive to protect children under 18 from abuse and neglect while making every effort to keep families together. Everyone has the ... more
2131 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS, B3J 3E4 Map
1-902-424-5074
Up to 18 years
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The Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal (CWRP) provides access to up-to-date research on Canadian child welfare programs and policies. The Portal is a ... more
3506 University Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7 Map
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Youth in Care Canada is a national, charitable organization driven by youth and alumni from child welfare authorities across Canada. YICC exists to voice the ... more
223 Main Street, Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4 Map
613-327-4317
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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2. Emergency Shelter and Housing

There are various shelters that people can use when they have no place to go.

 

Emergency shelters are places for people to live temporarily when they don't have a place to stay. Emergency shelters (such as women's shelters) are primarily meant for those fleeing an abusive relationship, sexual abuse or domestic violence. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

 

Homeless shelters are temporary places to stay, usually meant for homeless people. Usually located in downtown areas, they are similar to emergency shelters. The main difference is that homeless shelters are usually open to anyone, without regard to the reason for need. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Phoenix Youth Programs, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, has ten programs and services for at-risk and homeless youth between the ages of 12 – 24. ... more
6035 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R7 Map
902-420-0676
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
12 - 24 years
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We meet with women and children and female youth where they are, without judgment, to offer a range of services and support during periods of homelessness ... more
2421 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS, B3K 2Z4 Map
1-902-423-5049
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Offers various shelter and housing services which include: * Two Community Residential Facilities (halfway houses) to help men and women change from prison ... more
45 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 2N6 Map
902-463-6077
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Operating during the winter (December 1st through April 30th 2017), Out of the Cold Shelter is open to: * Men * Women * Transgender folks * Youth (16 and ... more
1479 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 1Z2 Map
902-429-6518
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
16 years and up
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Fifteen bed transition house for women and children who have left situations of domestic violence. Offers safety, comfort and hope. Serves women in the ... more
Bridgewater, NS, B4VV2W9
902-543-3665
Area Served: Western Nova Scotia
All ages
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Offers residential and outreach supports for homeless and at-risk youth in Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties more
6 Trinity Place, Yarmouth, NS, B5A 1P4 Map
902-881-3111
Area Served: Nova Scotia
16 - 24 years
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Provides emergency and transitional housing for youth aged 16 -24 who are experiencing homelessness. more
603 East River Rd., New Glasgow, NS, B2H 5G2 Map
902-695-3241
Area Served: Northern Nova Scotia
16 - 24 years
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3. Food and Nutrition

This section has programs that provide food or low cost food to those in need.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Family Resource Centres in Halifax Regional Municipality more
NS, Canada
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Youth directed organization that is dedicated to providing support and services to youth, 25 and under, around issues of sexual orientation and gender ... more
2281 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 2Y9 Map
902-429-5429
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
Up to 25 years
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4. Housing and Home Supports

Housing services help individuals find and keep places to stay. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and services, but highlights those which might be of interest to individuals with mental health issues.

Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

AB, Canada
1-506-233-0274
All ages
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Publicly Funded / Free Services

We meet with women and children and female youth where they are, without judgment, to offer a range of services and support during periods of homelessness ... more
2421 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS, B3K 2Z4 Map
1-902-423-5049
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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We strive to help Nova Scotians with disabilities achieve greater economic independence by: * joining the workforce - employment services and programs that ... more
261 Pleasant St, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 3S1 Map
1-902-225-2130
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Operating during the winter (December 1st through April 30th 2017), Out of the Cold Shelter is open to: * Men * Women * Transgender folks * Youth (16 and ... more
1479 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 1Z2 Map
902-429-6518
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
16 years and up
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Phoenix Youth Programs, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, has ten programs and services for at-risk and homeless youth between the ages of 12 – 24. ... more
6035 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R7 Map
902-420-0676
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
12 - 24 years
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Offers various shelter and housing services which include: * Two Community Residential Facilities (halfway houses) to help men and women change from prison ... more
45 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 2N6 Map
902-463-6077
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Offers residential and outreach supports for homeless and at-risk youth in Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties more
6 Trinity Place, Yarmouth, NS, B5A 1P4 Map
902-881-3111
Area Served: Nova Scotia
16 - 24 years
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A Canada-wide association of family members and others working for the benefit of persons of all ages who have an intellectual disability. Founded in 1958 by ... more
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3 Map
416-661-9611
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Non-profit organization created to focus national attention on mental health issues and to work to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with ... more
Ottawa, ON Map
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Operation Come Home is an employment, education, and support centre for homeless and at-risk youth age 16 and up. Our programs focus on what works and what ... more
150 Gloucester St, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0A6 Map
613-230-4663
Area Served: Canada
16 - 29 years
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4.1 Long-Term Care Facilities for Seniors

Long-term care facilities and homes (aka. "nursing home") are for people who require the availability of 24-hour nursing care and supervision within a secure setting. They provide a higher level of care and support than retirement homes or supportive housing. Long-term care homes are owned and operated by various organizations: 1) Nursing homes are usually operated by private corporations; 2) Municipal homes for the aged are owned by municipal councils. Many municipalities are required to build a home for the aged in their area, either on their own or in partnership with a neighbouring municipality; 3) Charitable homes are usually owned by non-profit corporations, such as faith, community, ethnic or cultural groups.

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4.2 Group Homes, Residential Care and Supported Housing

A group home is usually a single-family dwelling for special populations that need a supervised living environment. Common examples include children and youth in care, individuals with developmental or physical disabilities, individuals recovering from substance abuse, teenaged mothers, or victims of domestic violence.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

We provide safe second stage housing and supportive counselling to women and children leaving domestic abuse. Our women's programs include: * Trauma ... more
Halifax, NS Map
1-902-466-8459
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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We provide a safe shelter and support services for women and families impacted by intimate partner violence and abuse. We offer the following programs: * ... more
3399 Novelea Dr, Halifax, NS, B3K 3E6 Map
1-902-429-9002
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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We offer and provide services for men which help mold recovery from addictions, development of positive self image and self worth. We will help you: * ... more
Dartmouth, NS, B3A 1N7 Map
902-466-0299
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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We offer practical assistance for children and families through Community and Family Services. We provide shelter and support to secure housing for homeless ... more
7071 Bayers Rd, Halifax, NS, B3L 2C2 Map
1-902-455-1201
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Offers residential and outreach supports for homeless and at-risk youth in Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties more
6 Trinity Place, Yarmouth, NS, B5A 1P4 Map
902-881-3111
Area Served: Nova Scotia
16 - 24 years
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In L'Arche, people who have developmental disabilities and those who come to assist share life and daytime activities together in family-like settings that are ... more
1833 rue Sherbrooke Est Bureau 101, Montreal, QC, H2K 1B4 Map
514-844-1661
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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4.3 Home Supports

Refers to supports and services provided in the person's home.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Family Resource Centres in Halifax Regional Municipality more
NS, Canada
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Services for seniors with relocation and home care transition services as moving from independent living to assisted or retirement living is rarely easy. We ... more
1 Thorncliffe Place Suite, Ottawa, ON, K2H 9N9 Map
613-790-9355
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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4.4 Respite Care and Child Care

Respite refers to short term, temporary care provided to parents (or caregivers) so that they (and their families) can take a break from the daily routine of caregiving, and can range from a few hours to enough time for a vacation. Despite the guilt that parents or caregivers may feel, respite care can be very helpful in relieving stress from caregivers and give them time to recharge. Respite care may include services to take care of children, or older adults, or even parents.

Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

AB, Canada
1-506-233-0274
All ages
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5. Transportation

Having easy access to transportation is essential, whether its going to a doctor's appointment, getting to a job, or keeping up with your relationships. This section has transportation resources that may be specifically of interest to those with mental health needs.
 

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5.1 Driving Assessments

Sometimes one is required to provide a medical certificate in order to drive.

 

Occupational therapists can provide detailed assessments of driving ability at one of the following agencies listed below.

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6. Finances and Money

This section has resources about finances, money, grants, subsidies and other related information. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and services, but highlights those which might be of interest to individuals with mental health issues.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

The Child Disability Benefit (CDB) is a tax-free benefit (of up to $2,300/year in 2005) for families who care for a child under age 18 with a severe and ... more
ON, Canada
Area Served: Canada
Up to 18 years
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Key information for qualified practitioners who are called upon by their patients to certify Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate. more
ON, Canada
1-866-741-0127
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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A registered disability savings plan (RDSP) is a savings plan that is intended to help parents and others save for the long-term financial security of a person ... more
ON, Canada
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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