Resources

Halifax

List of Resources

Provincial Resources

911 if your health, safety or property is threatened and you need help right away. The 911 call taker (operator) will notify emergency responders, like fire, police or ambulance.  911 emergency: when to call

Non-Emergencies including accessing a shelter if homeless

Directory of Police Agencies in Nova Scotia

Directory of RCMP Offices in Nova Scotia

Inclement Weather Info
If the electricity goes out for more than 48 hours there should be a Comfort Centre somewhere near you where they offer warmth, coffee, meals, cell phone charging and/or showers. Call 211 - they should know where they all are. In rural areas they could be a your local fire station or community centre. The info does not seem to be available in advance. They are open to everyone not just people who are homeless although in really cold or hot weather a cooling or warming centre might be available for people who are homeless. 


hfxALERT 

Halifax mass notification system keeping residents informed about emergencies and operations updates. 
 

Comfort Centres

Halifax - In conditions that don’t require an evacuation, during an emergency the municipality may establish or support community comfort centers whereby a resident population may visit to receive essential needs like meals, hygiene facilities, electronic device charging capabilities. Call 311 for information.

 
Power Outages - Nova Scotia Power
1-877-428-6004. An automated service to let you know when the electricity will be bank on or report a power outage  or via their website. Dial and you will be asked for your postal code.

Storm Preparation

CAP sites

Free computer access is available in many communities throughout the province. They may also provide free basic training on various software. Contact them for hours and services.

NS Heat Rebate Program

Apply annually from November to March. Receive up to $200 in assistance annually.

Efficiency NS 

Free home assessments. light bulb replacement, new no flow tap and shower nozzles, indoor clothesline and night lights. Available to renters but must go through landlord.

NS Legal Aid

List a number of resources on their website. Nova Scotia Legal Aid has many free legal services to help adults and youth facing a range of legal issues. They have in person assistance in various communities.

NSPIRG (Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group)

Provides support and resources to community members and students at Dalhousie University and King's college who are working to engage and inspire action around social and environmental issues. Library with tons of interesting books, films and magazines. Twitter @NSPIRG. E-calendar of community & campus events, email "subscribe" to info@nspirg.ca

Seniors’ Home Safety Program

Offers support and advice through home visits and community presentations to help keep seniors safe in their homes. Free service for seniors 55+ living in Halifax, Dartmouth and the communities extending from Bedford to Sambro Loop. Topics include: frauds and scams, elder abuse, insurance, valuables etching, fire safety and fall prevention. Call (902) 490-2554 or email seniorssafety@halifax.ca to book a visit or presentation or for more information.

 

Ontario Human Rights Commission: Indigenous spiritual practices

Provides information on smudging in rental homes.

 

Rental and Housing Info

Housing 411

Landlord ratings

Bed Bug Registry

Lists properties that have or had bedbugs. Provides some information aobut what to do if your place has bedbugs

 

Yomes

A movement by renters, for renters to create an insider’s perspective on rental properties.

Tenants Rights Guide

Free Necessities

Food Banks

Call 211 for locations

Freecycle
The Freecycle Network is an online network offering and giving away free stuff. You can also post what you need. Available in many communities in Canada. Sign up to get offers by email.

Nova Scotia Helps Society
A facebook group that you can join to request or give away stuff: Food (not expired); Clothing; Toiletries; Baby Items (clothing, diapers, formula, and baby food); Furniture (3 item limit)

Free in the Valley (Annapolis) - Facebook group to join to trade, request or give away item(s). 

Brunswick St Mission - Free Clothing, Household goods, baby layette. Mondays 9am to 2pm (closed 1130am to 1230pm for lunch). Must bring your own shopping or reusable bags.  Closed Monday, November 25th, 2019 to January 13, 2020 2107 Brunswick St Halifax 902-423-4605 e: bsm1@eastlink.ca 

Brunswick St Mission -
Christmas Shop November 25th, 2019 to January 13, 2020  - select gifts for children and family members 2107 Brunswick Street Halifax 902-423-4605 e: bsm1@eastlink.ca 

Dejavu Clothing Room - Adsum House, Monday – Thursday 1-3 2421 Brunswick Street, Halifax
Contact Fiona at 902-423-4422, or email householdco@adsumforwomen.org.

Free Menstral Products are now available at Halifax Central Public Library

Free Equipment Rental

Halifax - Skates Adventure Earth Snowshoes Bedford/Hammonds Plains Snowshoes, pedometers Captain William Spry Nordic Walking Poles, Scooters, Skateboards, Snowshoes

Libraries and Towns - often offer free bike rentals and other equipment rentals

Useful Numbers

Emergencies 911

Non-emergencies see provincial resources 

Speak to a Nurse - 811

Legal Information Line

1-902-455-3135

1-800-665-9779 (toll-free)

 

Mental Health Crisis Line

1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Available 24 hours, seven days a week

 

Just Talk 1-855-225-0220

Information and Resources 211

New Services or Changes in Services

Mondays Food Against Fascism - Weekly Serving 2177 Gottingen St, Halifax

Good Food Box Program
For $7.00, receive a container of fresh fruits and vegetables which will consist of 1-2 types of fruit and 3-4 kinds of vegetables from the North End Community Health Centre’s Good Food Box Program!  NECHC JBO Centre located at 2131 Gottingen Street (bottom floor), Veith House; Gordon B Isnor Manor (5565 Cornwallis Street); Ahern Manor (2313 Gottingen Street), Community Health Teams (6080 Young Street); Mulgrave Park; and the Salvation Army in Uniacke Square.  You must register every month to ensure that you receive your Good Food Box. To place an order call 902-460-4560 (#4) or email cht@nshealth.ca

Mobile Food Markets  
Spryfield : Fairview : North End Halifax : East Dartmouth : North Preston : East Preston
Schedule:  http://www.mobilefoodmarket.ca/calendar
Food is sold as close to cost as possible.

Monday Nights 5-7 Freedom Kitchen - new pilot project in Lower Sackville starting October 7th going to the end of April 2020 providing free meals to those in need  Contact (902) 478-9665 rainieholly@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/freedomkitchensackville/

Third Thursday of Month 5-7pm - Meal - Knox United Church, Sackville Drive

Last Thursday of the month Free Seniors Lunch and a Presentor or Music, Middleton Subway. Every month except December, July, August, Sept Contact  Lorrie lapenny <lapenny@bellaliant.net>

Nov 30 11:30-2 Christmas Dinner Mi'kmaw Friendship Centre, Gottigen St, Halfax

Volunteer with The Loaded Ladle - Every Monday, 4-6 pm Loaded Ladle Kitchen, main floor, Dalhousie SUB. PREP Meeting - Volunteers Tuesday through Fridays (when classes are in session)

  • daily prep, 930-12 or part thereof

  • daily serving, 1230-130

  • daily cleanup, 130-300

Just drop by our kitchen and say you'd like to help!
Regular Servings
Tuesday-Friday, 1PM
If you have a schedule conflict, leave them container (open around 930 am) and a meal will be set aside for you to pickup anytime before 3 0'clock. Please remember to put your name or symbol on your container.

Dec 24 Christmas Eve Dinner Brunswick St Mission 2107 Brunswick Street Halifax 902-423-4605 e: bsm1@eastlink.ca 

Community Meals and Soup in the Annapolis Valley
Wed noon Soup Kingston United Church, Kingston 
Tues Full Meal  Rec Centre, Kentville
Thurs Full Meal Open Arms, Kentville

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