Empower Simcoe

Site: Barrie Head Office - 39 Fraser Crt

Service: Regional Housing Support Services

Contact Information
Office Phone Housing Office at 39 Fraser Court: 705-739-0485
Toll Free Phone 1-833-726-9082
Website https://empowersimcoe.ca/regional-housing-support-services/
Social Media Facebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/EmpowerSimcoe/
Instagram Instagram: www.instagram.com/empower_simcoe/
LinkedIn LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/empower-simcoe/
Twitter Twitter: twitter.com/EmpowerSimcoe
YouTube YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UClFRrDG7qsNUQ3AZxg-UuuQ
Primary Contact Laurie Straughan, Supports and Services Manager; Phone: 705-726-9082 ext 2239; Email: lstraughan@empowersimcoe.ca
Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Hall, Marketing and Communications Manager; Phone: 705-726-9082 ext 5280; Email: jhall@empowersimcoe.ca
Site Information
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
Empower Simcoe
39 Fraser Court
Barrie, ON L4N 5J5
Intersection Patterson Rd and Morrow Rd
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) COVID-19 Response 
  • In-person support available by appointment only Contact a housing associate to book an appointment
Housing Resource Centre to assist those looking for permanent housing, services include:  
  • assistance with accessing funding for rent related expenses  
  • assistance with accessing funding for utility related expenses. Intake provided in some areas  
  • assistance with accessing funding for support services needed for individuals with a disability or mental illness who are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support  
  • landlord/tenant mediation  
  • referrals to community resources  
  • maintaining a landlord registry  
  • maintaining a housing registry of houses, townhouses, apartments, rooms and shared accommodation  
  • assistance with applications for subsidized housing which must be forwarded by client  
  • assistance with applications for Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)  
  • Member of the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness 
  • Co-sponsored by Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe County Branch and is funded by the County of Simcoe and the United Way
Housing Access Workers also provide support through other agencies such as the David Busby Centre, Youth Haven, Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County and Salvation Army.
Hours COVID-19 Response 
  • In-person support available by appointment only Contact a housing associate to book an appointment
Regular Hours 
  • By appointment only: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Outreach Locations - Drop-in 
  • David Busby Street Centre, 88 Mulcaster St, Barrie 
    • Drop-in: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:30 am-11:30 am 
    • By appointment only: Mon, Fri 1 pm-3 pm
  • Ontario Works Office, 136 Bayfield St, 4th Floor, Barrie 
    • Drop-in Mon, Wed 9 am-4 pm
Areas Served Barrie ; Midhurst ; Oro-Medonte ; Springwater - and surrounding areas ; See catchment map: www.empowersimcoe.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Housing-Resource-Centres-map.jpg
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
  • Adults 
  • Young Adults 
  • 16 yrs and up who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, low income or having a special need that affects ability to obtain or maintain adequate affordable housing
  • Call to make an appointment and to get an application form 
  • Referral - social agency 
  • Referral – self 
  • Applications for heating assistance (electric or gas) are accepted from Oct-Apr 
  • Landlord Partnership Program: fill out form on website by clicking here.
Languages English
Fees None
Agency and Service Names
Alternate Name Barrie COVID19 ; CV19 ; Energy Fund
Former Name Barrie Housing Support Services ; Simcoe Community Services
Agency Information
Parent Agency Name Empower Simcoe
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1991
Primary Executive Claudine Cousins, Chief Executive Officer; Phone: 705-726-9082
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing ; Federal - Service Canada ; United Way
Taxonomy and Classification
Service Categories Home Rental Listings ; Housing Development ~ Homeless People ; Housing Search Assistance ; Landlord/Tenant Dispute Resolution ; Utility Assistance