216 Murray Street (COMING SPRING 2025)

Building hope in our community.

Construction is well underway on our building located at 216 Murray Street, next to our shelter at 256 King Edward Avenue. In addition to 48 units of supportive housing, the building will include an expanded drop-in program and a new community soup kitchen on the first floor.

If you have any questions about 216 Murray St, please feel free to reach our project team at: 216@sghottawa.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How will the program impact the community?
The new building will provide 48 people who are currently experiencing homelessness with the stability of a home of their own, and a wider number who presently have nowhere to go during the day and evening will have a space where they feel welcome. The drop-in program, which will open up to 16 hours a day, provides a place to access housing-focused and social supports for people who are precariously housed in Lowertown. A state-of-the-art kitchen will serve meals for residents who live in the building, as well as continue to provide food for those in the broader community who need a nourishing meal through the relocation of our soup kitchen program.

Who will live in the housing portion of this new building?
The 48 apartments in the building are for people who are exiting chronic homelessness, with over half the units in building intended for Indigenous people and women. These individuals will have the stability and dignity of their own unit, and access to healthcare and other supports on site.

Will this building include outdoor space?
Yes, outdoor space for drop-in guests as well as residents in supportive housing is important. This will give people a space to socialize and enjoy the outdoors. There will be a private balcony on the second floor for the people who live in supportive housing and there will be a fenced in patio area adjacent to Murray Street. This space between 216 Murray and 256 King Edward will provide seating and shade for people using the drop-in, kitchen, or shelter.


How is this project being funded?
Shepherds of Good Hope is grateful for funding received for this project from the City of Ottawa through the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative, as well as from the Government of Ontario’s Social Services Relief Funding (SSRF).

What is the timeline for the project?
Construction is underway. We’re expecting residents will be able to move into their new homes in spring 2025.

If you wish to support 216 Murray, please visit 216Murray.ca