John Howard Society of Ottawa

Youth Housing

A Different Street Housing Program

A Different Street (ADS) Supportive Housing provides affordable accommodation and support to homeless or unstably housed young men, ages 16 to 24, who are justice-involved or at risk of being so.

ADS provides male youth an opportunity to access safe accommodations and utilize on-site supports to assist with their life goals. Through these on-site supports, youth are assisted in actively addressing their specific personal, social, vocational, and health-related needs. As well, they are supported in developing the resources, including skills and attitudes, necessary for a successful transition to adulthood.

Individuals who live at ADS will have the responsibility of rent. All units at ADS are self-contained bachelor units.

Services provided:

  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Collaborative case planning
  • Individual counselling and support

  • Practical assistance
  • Monitoring of court conditions
  • Referral to other community resources


Youth can apply to ADS through the central housing registry or contact below for more information.

Contact: Mark Routliffe, House Director
Email: mroutliffe@jhsottawa.ca

Windrose Supportive Housing Program

Windrose (WR) Supportive Housing provides affordable accommodation and support to homeless or unstably housed young woman (and their children), ages 16 to 24, who are justice-involved or at risk of being so.

WR provides young women an opportunity to access safe accommodations and utilize on-site supports to assist with their life goals. Through these on-site supports, young women are assisted in actively addressing their specific personal, social, vocational, and health-related needs. As well, they are supported in developing the resources, including skills and attitudes, necessary for a successful transition to adulthood.

Young women who live at WR will have the responsibility of rent. All units at WR are one-bedroom units.

Services provided:

  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Supports and services from a gender-informed perspective to meet demonstrated needs in four major life areas: career, family, community and self
  • Collaborative case planning
  • Individual counselling and support

  • Practical assistance
  • Monitor and support of court conditions (if relevant)
  • Referral and support to other community resources


Youth can apply to WR through the central housing registry or contact below for more information.

Alison Newson, Residential Coordinator
Email: anewson@jhsottawa.ca