How to Apply for Housing

Applying to the YSB’s transitional or long-term housing programs requires a few steps.

  1. Fill out the Ottawa Social Housing Registry Application and include all relevant documentation. Along with any other choices on your application, please remember to check off the Youth Services Bureau box in the “Supportive Housing” section. See housingregistry.ca for application form and details.
  2. You then also need to fill out the two-page YSB Additional Application Information form, available HERE
  3. Both applications must either be mailed or delivered in person to the Social Housing Registry, as instructed on the Social Housing Registry application.
  4. After the application is reviewed, you will be contacted to further discuss the details of your situation.
  5. Feel free to call the program a week after you put in your application to verify if it has been received. If any of your contact information changes, be diligent in calling in to inform us so we can continue to get in touch with you.

Waiting List

We are unable to give any estimate of wait times for the housing programs, as the list is very dynamic.  We strongly encourage applicants to use this as only one of many options they are considering for housing. If you are in immediate need of emergency housing, please contact the Young Men’s Shelter or the Young Women’s Shelter.

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Milo's Story

Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

“For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.

Milo*

*While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy