Dawn House Services and Housing for Women Inc.


Our History:
    Dawn House was founded in 1986 in response to a housing crisis in the City of Kingston. A diverse group of community individuals and organizations contributed to the setup and establishment as a non-profit, charitable organization that would provide a 24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter, supports and resources for women over the age of 16, with or without children. Since its inception in 1986, there have been over 4,500 separate stays. In the fall of 2015 Dawn House closed as a shelter and re-opened in the fall of 2017 providing safe,  affordable, supportive, transitional  and permanent housing with wellness supports.


Our Mission:
    Dawn House supports and empowers homeless, vulnerably housed and marginalized women.

Our Vision:
All women live in safe, affordable, accessible housing. 

Our Values: 

  • No one chooses to be homeless
  • Safe and affordable housing is a fundamental human right
  • Working to eradicate homelessness and poverty is everyone’s responsibility
  • Homeless women are entitled to be treated with empathy, dignity and without judgement
  • Women have a right to safety, security, confidentiality and informed consent
  • Women have the right to unrestricted and un-stigmitized choices
  • Collaboration, partnering and networking with community organizations and groups are essential to our work