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Men's Hostel

The Ottawa Booth Centre’s hostel for men occupies most of the Salvation Army’s four-storey building at 171 George St.

It is located in the Byward Market district of Ottawa.

The hostel was built in 1948. It currently accommodates up to 168 regular clients per night.

To be eligible to stay at the hostel, you must be:

  • – a male
  • – 18 years of age or older
  • – sober and relatively stable

The hostel provides you with a bed, sheets, towels, basic toiletries and three nutritious meals daily.

Booth Centre partners with charitable foundation

to raise funds for the homeless

      Salvation Army Booth Centre to accept donated used cars

The Salvation Army’s Ottawa Booth Centre is venturing into the field of used car donations with a Canadian charitable foundation, in an inspired initiative to bring in funding and enhance the lives of our homeless clientele.    

Donating your used vehicle will help improve the lodging and quality of life of many of the Booth Centre’s thousands of yearly clients. A car donation also enables you to do your part to assist those homeless clients.

The Booth Centre is partnering with the Ontario-based Homeless Cars Foundation. It is devoted to funding and curbing homelessness and food insecurity in Ottawa. It is pursuing the dual objectives by supporting the Booth Centre through the proceeds of donated vehicles.

Donating is easy. You can fill out a form online or make a 3-4 minute phone call to the Homeless Cars Foundation.(416-804-4335)              

Your vehicle is picked up for free within 48 hours of donation. A tax receipt is then issued to you by Homeless Cars, for the value of the car.

It is so much easier than selling your car online, or trading it in or scrapping it. It is a feel good act of kindness. Donating a car is also contact free. There is no need to meet strangers to test drive your car.

With the onset of Covid 19 there has been a considerable rise in food insecurity and homelessness. The agencies that support them, like the Salvation Army, are in dire need of more funding and assistance.

The goal of Homeless Cars is for increasing numbers of Ottawa-based used car owners to donate their vehicles to this worthy cause. That will translate into tax-deduction receipts for the car owners and increased funding for the Booth Centre and its clientele.


Check into shelter as of 7:00 p.m.

Regular clients must check in as of 7:00 p.m. Registering is on a first-come, first-served basis. To extend your stay you must reserve your bed between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. daily. Those attending programming may register at any time of the day prior to the commencement of your program.

There is a comfortable lounge on the ground floor with satellite television. There are showers and washrooms on every floor and personal support services to all eligible men. Spiritual care counselling sessions are offered freely to clients. There are five caseworkers at the OBC. They assist clients in:

– finding housing

– obtaining and replacing lost identification, such as Social Insurance Number (SIN) and health care card, and

– accessing other outreach services such as medical, dental and mental care.

Basement and Second Floor: Regular shelter clients reside in two storeys of the shelter

  • The basement, which contains 22 beds in one dorm (plus up to 30 beds for overflow).
  • the second floor, where there are 84 beds. It is divided into several dormitories (dorms)
  • 4 x 12-man dorms
  • 4 x  2-man dorms
  • 2 x 4-man dorms
  • 1 x 6-man dorm
  • 7 x 2-man dorms (*These 14 beds are for clients who have full- or part-time jobs and are preparing to leave the shelter and resume a regular lifestyle. These beds are also available for clients with special circumstances.)

There is a laundry room on this second floor with two large washing machines and four dryers.


Third Floor:

The third floor of the OBC building is occupied by up to 30 clients who live in the Special Care Unit for Men. The unit is run by the Ottawa Inner City Health Inc. in partnership with the Salvation Army.

Inner City provides care to men with a focus on intensive supports for mental health, substance abuse and mental illness. Inner City’s third floor facility contains:

–  1 nine-man dorm
–  1 seven-man dorm
– 10 single rooms
–  2 mobile crisis beds and
–  1 room with beds for one or two men.

Inner City’s vocation is to provide health care to the homeless and street communities.

Fourth Floor The fourth floor of the OBC building houses 32 clients in two programs: they are:

  • Life Skills, which has up to 14 clients who attend a four-month program
  • Stabilization, which is attended by 18 clients. They reside here for up to 90 days.

The floor has conveniences that include a lounge with satellite television, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry machines, and a large shower/washroom area. There are also staff offices and a classroom on the floor.

For more information on the Men’s Hostel, call Jason Prevost, the manager of residential services, at 613-241-1573, ext. 235