Homeless Partnering Strategy (HPS)


HPS is a program that is dedicated to our clients who are currently homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. It is run out of the location at 510 Rideau St. between Augusta St. and Cobourg St. The name of the centre is Shawnejeagamik, which means "House of Compassion" in the Algonquin language. The centre is often called 510 or The Drop In Centre.



Who We Serve

The 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre is available to provide support services to the Aboriginal homeless, or imminent risk of homelessness, outside Housing First. We are funded by Service Canada through the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centers (OFIFC).

The centre closed on March 31, 2015 after 10 years of service. It was reopened on July 6, 2015 with a more limited mandate. This has recently been expanded and is now open on an 8am - 3pm schedule Monday to Friday.

Breakfast and Lunch is provided by the following community donors:

Faith communities:
First Unitarian, First United, Ottawa Quaker Meeting, Temple Israel, Ottawa Mennonite Church, St. Basil, Trinity United, Parkdale United, South Nepean Muslim Community (SNMC), St. Paul's Eastern, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa (UUFO), Glebe St. James.
The West End Well, Kiwanis Club Ottawa West, three families, four individuals, a book club, a Muslim community group, Opus Mundi, Canada Bangladesh Education Trust (CBET), Ottawa International Y Service Club, a women's group.


Supportive Programs at 510


-Traditional Teachings/Circles

-Access to Elders

-Peer Support Group

-Housing Placement

-Connecting clients to income supports

-Pre Employment Support

-Life skills
-Computer training/assistance



-Clothing donations


We offer referrals for:
Mental Health, Crisis, Addictions, and Residential School Counselling.



Please note that the hours of operation for the Drop-In are M-F, 8 am - 3 pm and meals are twice daily at 8 am & 12-1 pm.

Check the poster for further info: Poster (pdf)


510 also has the following programming:


Men's Traditional Healing & Support

Every Wednesday @ 3 pm

Snacks will be provided


Women's Support Group

Every Tuesday @ 1 pm

Crafts, songs & sharing!


Wellbriety Meetings (open to all)

Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm

Chance to listen and speak on addictions. Meal will be provided.


For information please contact:

Carrie Diabo, Coordinator

510 Rideau St.

Ottawa, ON K1N 6K7

P: 613-789-3077

F: 613-789-8403

Email: shawenjig