Shelter Supports and Strategies

There are two adult emergency shelters in Red Deer.

Safe Harbour Society 5239 53rd Avenue

Safe Harbour Society’s overnight shelter is available for 80-100 individuals who are under the influence of substances.

Average daily usage from June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021

  • Overnight: 49 individuals
  • Day Sleep: 10 individuals
  • Daytime Drop In Supports: 112 individuals

The Mustard Seed 6002 54 Ave

The Mustard Seed overnight shelter is available for up to 46 individuals who are not under the influence of substances.

Average daily usage from June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021

  • Overnight: 24 individuals

Ongoing Strategies

Permanent Shelter

In November 2020, the Province committed $7 million in its 2020 Capital Plan for a purpose-built integrated emergency shelter in Red Deer. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Province of Alberta and The City of Red Deer was finalized in February 2021 to establish a general high-level understanding related to the provincially managed project to meet the current and future needs in Red Deer. The City of Red Deer and the Province of Alberta will continue to work together as the project proceeds.

Housing-Focused Shelter Model

City Council has directed the following strategies to support a shift to a housing-focused shelter model.

Housing-Focused Shelter Pilot

Both adult emergency shelters were provided with funding for a six-month Housing-Focused Shelter Pilot to assist 50 individuals with accessing their own housing, diverting them from the requirement for longer-term shelter stays.

Transitional Housing

Funding has been allocated to support the implementation of a six-month Transitional Housing Pilot as an extension of the emergency shelter programs. It is intended to divert more individuals from shelter and support a quicker transition to more appropriate permanent housing.

Homelessness Support Services

The City of Red Deer’s goal is to ensure that safe, accessible and affordable housing is available to all, and everyone is appropriately housed. To support this goal a number of homelessness support services are available:

If you are experiencing homelessness, please contact Coordinated Entry to access services:

Safe Harbour Society - Coordinated Entry
Phone: 1-403-347-0181

Red Deer Native Friendship Society - Indigenous Coordinated Entry
Phone: 1-403-340-0020

McMan Youth, Family & Community Services Association - Youth Coordinated Entry
Phone: 1-403-309-2002

If you are facing eviction or at risk of homelessness, Prevention Services are available:

Red Deer Native Friendship Society
Phone: 1-403-340-0020

Bredin Centre for Career Advancement
Phone: 1-587-273-0225