In From the Cold Emergency Shelter

Now open 24 hours every day!


Located at 540 Montreal Street, at the corner of Joseph St., In From the Cold Emergency Shelter (IFTC) joins Home Base Housing’s Administrative and Program offices as well as the Housing Help Centre.  The  In From the Cold Emergency Shelter can house up to 29 people which makes it the largest shelter in the City of Kingston. Those in need can inquiry about bed availability through the Housing Help Centre during the day (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or from the shelter directly. There is an evening meal provided as well as a breakfast in the morning.

As of January 1st, 2017, In From the Cold Emergency Shelter operates 24 hours per day,  seven days a week.  The shelter doubles as a drop-in centre from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for homeless individuals.

The IFTC continues to benefit from generous financial and in-kind support from government agencies, the United Way, concerned citizens, community organizations, local businesses and religious groups.

Established in the winter of 2000, In From The Cold Emergency Shelter was opened as a temporary winter overflow shelter to assist other shelters.  Due to demand for shelter beds, In From The Cold has operated on a year-round basis since July 2004. The shelter works closely with other Kingston shelters: Elizabeth Fry Shelter for Women, Kingston Youth Shelter and Ryandale Shelter for the Homeless (overflow shelter).

If you would like to make a donation to assist the In From The Cold Emergency Shelter, please contact:

Dawn Sadler
Planning & Communications Specialist

In From the Cold Emergency Shelter
540 Montreal Street
Kingston, ON
K7K 3J2

Fax 613-544-3629

or visit our CANADA HELPS link on the Home page!


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