216 Murray Street (coming 2022)

Shepherds of Good Hope is building hope in our community.

Shepherds of Good Hope is building a new multi-purpose space located at 216 Murray Street, next to our shelter at 256 King Edward Ave. This new space will house a drop-in program, open 7 days a week, a new soup kitchen, and permanent housing for up to 48 people who are currently homeless.

This page will be updated as more information is available on this project. If your question is not answered, please feel free to reach out to Caroline Cox, senior manager, Shepherds of Good Hope at: 216@sghottawa.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is this new building going to contain?
This building will contain a ground-floor drop in program, a second-floor soup kitchen and up to six floors of supportive housing.

Who will live in the housing portion of this new building?
Up to 48 individuals currently experiencing homelessness, with a focus on Indigenous individuals and women will live in this residence. These individuals will have the stability and dignity of their own unit, and access to healthcare and other supports.

Will this building include outdoor space?
Yes, outdoor space for the drop-in clients as well as supportive housing residents is important. No one wants to be inside all day, especially in our beautiful city! We want to give people a space to socialize and enjoy the outdoors with dignity, as opposed to congregating on sidewalks

How is this project being funded?
This project is funded through the City of Ottawa and the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative.

Will this building lead to excess noise, garbage, and security problems?
We are confident this development will make the community better. Our drop-in program will offer people a space to congregate and eat 16 hours a day, thus reducing activity outside. Through this program, we are expanding our security services to be on site 24/7, based out of this building.

What does this new building mean for the shelter’s capacity?
As part of its 10 Year Plan on Homelessness, the City of Ottawa aims to eliminate chronic homelessness by 2024. Supportive housing is the key to achieving this. Over the next year we will be moving up to 98 people into housing units of their own and as a result, reducing the number of beds in our emergency shelter.

Be sure to check out our piece about this project in the Lowertown Community Echo by clicking here.