The KIH Emergency Shelter Program provides a safe 25-bed facility for women, youth, and children. Female youth age 16 and above, can reside at the shelter independently. Priority is given to those who have experienced violence or are at risk of violence.
The shelter is staffed by a trained and dedicated staff team 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Staff provide clients with supportive counselling, safety planning tools, advocacy and community referrals and assistance to facilitate transition back into the community. In addition, KIH also provides daily meals, clothing, transportation, laundry, and personal hygiene needs.
The shelter continues to be busy and at full capacity most of the time, and unfortunately there is usually a wait list. However, despite being at or beyond capacity, KIH is still able to offer programming in the shelter to the residents it serves.
There is a programming room where staff can run workshops such as games night and paint afternoons. The residents also have access to this room for arts and crafts.