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Community Supports & Social Services in Belleville, ON

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The following is a list of community supports, social service programs in Belleville, ON and surrounding region that provide free and low cost food, clothing and housing and financial help.

For help accessing local supports and programs that meet your needs, call 211 (or toll-free: 1-877-330-3213), email or chat with 211 Ontario, a 24/7, bilingual and confidential helpline that can help you access the supports available that meet your needs. It is a non-profit funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and United Ways in Ontario.

Free and low cost meals

Free take out lunch program

Daily lunch from 11:30 am to 1 pm, 7 days/week. Free frozen meal distribution takes place on Fridays. Available to everyone, as supplies last.

Free take out dinner program

Daily hot dinner served at the front door from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, 7 days/week, year-round. No access to the building. Available to everyone, as supplies last.

Free hot/frozen meal delivery

Meals on wheels delivers hot or frozen meals for $6 each consisting of a main course of meat, vegetables and potatoes, and a dessert. Foods are rotated to give variety. For example:

  • Creamy Chicken
  • Roasted Carrots
  • Buttered Noodles
  • Jellied Fruit

Substitutions can only be made in cases of food allergies or medical reasons e.g. Diabetes.

Available to those with physical disabilities/dependencies related to the aging process (60+) or a physical disability or chronic illness (heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes) and services would help the client to maintain their independence in the community.  Meals are delivered on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. 

Low cost lunch

Available to anyone who has experiences with mental illness or addictions. Monday to Friday 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Free lunch

Open Door Café – Closed due to COVID-19

Available to everyone Wednesdays 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Closed for Christmas (2 wks)

Free light lunch

Available to everyone Tuesdays from 12 pm to 1 pm.

Free and low cost groceries

Free food, hygiene and baby items

A sample of the type and amount of non-perishable items in a medium-sized food hamper. Actual food selection and brands are based on availability and cannot be guaranteed. We add fresh produce, eggs, meat, and dairy items depending on availability, client requests and dietary requirements.

  • Bread
  • Dairy products
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Hygiene products (if available)
  • Infant/toddler items (if available)

Must register at the link below before arrival. Must arrive before 11:30 am for processing and bring photo ID, a bill showing current address and current pay statement.

Grocery store gift cards

​​Gifts cards will be supplemented with donated food products subject to availability. 

Available 1x every 2 months by appointment only. Call 613-968-6834 X 201 to schedule an appointment on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1:00pm – 3:30pm. ID for all family members needed to qualify.

Low cost fruit and vegetables

  • $10.00 for a box of a variety of vegetables
  • $5.00 for a selection of various fruits

Available monthly for individuals and families in Hastings & Prince Edward counties. Home delivery is an option for those with mobility or health challenges.

Free food deliveries for families in need

Examples of food (availability may vary):

  • Meat
  • Juice boxes
  • Water bottles
  • Pantry
  • Snack items

The Not Alone Team – Quinte was established in 2018 by Debbie Lee Pike and officially recognized as a federal non-profit incorporation in 2020. 

Low cost clothing and household items

St Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Talize

Mission Thrift Store

Belleville Thrift Store

Free stuff

Financial help

Emergency financial help

Belleville Community Trust

Emergency financial assistance for things like rent, heat, hydro, appliances and groceries.

Financial help for hydro bills

LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program) 

One-time grant of up to $500 towards your electricity bills if you are temporarily unable to make ends meet in an emergency situation. Application is through United Way Simcoe Muskoka.

Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)

Helps reduce electricity bills for low-income households with a monthly on-bill credit. The amount of the credit will depend on how many people live in the household and the combined household income.

Up to $733 a month for basic needs and shelter

Additional amounts for benefits and other family members who live with you.

Available to residents of Ontario age 16+ who do not have enough money to cover your immediate family’s living expenses.

Apply online to Ontario Works or contact the Intake Access Centre at: 613-771-9630 or 1-866-414-0300

Up to $1169 a month for basic needs and shelter

May receive additional amounts for benefits such as transportation to medical appointments.

Available to residents of Ontario age 18+ who have a disability and do not have enough money to cover living expenses.

Apply online to ODSP or call (613) 962-9562 or 1-800-267-4355.

Seniors assistance

Free tax return preparation

Free tax return preparation, Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) form completion for seniors, low income, physically challenged or new Canadian citizens. First come, first served. Home and nursing home visit program available. Donations accepted.

Low cost services for seniors

  • Transportation to medical, dental and therapy appointments (nominal fee)
  • Stroke support
  • Friendship and support visits
  • Driving refresher course (nominal fee)

Available for those age 60+ with dependencies and those age 18-59 who have a physical disability or physically debilitating chronic illness.

$700 property tax credit for seniors and those on ODSP

Low Income Senior Property Tax Credit program provides a credit to anyone in receipt of the Guaranteed Income Supplement under the Old Age Security Act (Canada) and are 65 years of age or older.

Disabled Person Property Tax Credit program provides a credit to anyone in receipt of Ontario Disability Support Program Benefits maximum shelter allowance.

  • Apply online or mail application to or put in drop box: 169 Front St., Belleville, ON K8N 2Y8

Seniors Dental Care Program

  • Examinations and assessments
  • Preventive services
  • Restorative services to repair broken teeth and cavities
  • X-rays
  • Oral surgery to remove teeth or abnormal tissue
  • Anaesthesia
  • endodontic services to treat infection and pain
  • periodontal services to treat gum conditions and diseases
  • prosthodontic services, including dentures, will also be covered to a certain extent under the OSDCP

Available for residents of Ontario aged 65+ with an annual income of less than $19,300 and have no access to any other dental benefits.

Apply online or by mail then book an appointment by calling book an appointment 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680.

Hospice Quinte

  • Berevement support
  • Caregiver support
  • Visiting hospice

Health and dental

Find a doctor or nurse practitioner in Belleville, ON

If you don’t have a health care provider, you can sign up for Health Care Connect – an Ontario government-run waitlist that refers patients to physicians and nurse practitioners who are accepting patients. Priority is given to individuals who have greater health needs.

Register online or by phone at 1-800-445-1822, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Walk-in clinics and telemedicine

For minor illnesses and injuries. Many are limited to phone consults only, so call first.

Bayview Medical Clinic

Telemed Belleville

Great Lakes Walk-in Clinic (Belleville)

Guardian Pharmacy – Enhanced Care Clinic

Guardian IDA Pharmacy – Good Doctors Belleville

Kente OTN Walk-in

Full list of clinics and details

Dental care for adults

Community members under 65 years of age, supported by the publicly-funded programs Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program, or enrolled in the Healthy Smiles Ontario program, with no other forms of dental insurance (such as private insurance or other government programs) may qualify for dental services at the Centre. Some restrictions apply.  Also, urgent and preventative care is available to those with low income and no existing dental insurance.

Dental care for kids

  • Check-ups
  • Cleaning
  • Fillings (for a cavity)
  • X-rays
  • Scaling
  • Tooth extraction
  • Urgent or emergency dental care (including treatment of a child’s toothache or tooth pain)

Healthy Smiles Ontario is available to children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households (Temporary Care Assistance, Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support)

Apply online or by mail then book an appointment by calling book an appointment 613-966-5500 ext. 680 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680.

Street nurse program

  • Minor medical issues
  • Referrals to programs and services
  • Listening ear and compassion 
https://www.chs.ca/service/general-support-services

Legal/government help

Free legal services

Free legal advice and advocacy services for low income individuals throughout  Hastings, Prince Edward, and Lennox & Addington counties and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

  • Tenant’s rights
  • Workers compensations
  • Employment law
  • Human rights and discrimination
  • Income assistance
  • Victims of crime

Belleville City Hall

Belleville Police

Todd Smith MPP

Neil Ellis, Federal MP

Family (baby and children)

Prenatal and postpartum support program

Free pregnancy tests and baby clothing assistance

  • Free Pregnancy Tests
  • Abortion Information
  • Post-Abortion Care
  • Adoption Information
  • Parenting, Prenatal, and Postnatal Programs
  • Men’s Program
  • Women’s Program
  • Clothing and Material Assistance
  • Does not provide or assist in arranging for abortions 

All our services are free and confidential. Call or text us to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Low cost baby food and care

$6.50 for 20 diapers and one of: 

  • Formula
  • Jarred 
  • Baby food
  • Cereal
  • Baby wipes
  • Shampoo

Large cans of powdered formula are available for Good Start ($16) Enfamil ($18) and President’s Choice ($10).

Available monthly baby supplies for those in Hastings/Prince Edward counties with an infant or toddler.

Subsidized child care

To apply for Subsidized Child Care, contact Hastings County’s Community and Human Service Intake Access Centre at: 613-771-9630 or 1-866-414-0300

Up to $500 toward sports or activities registration

Register for an ongoing (bi-weekly) sport or any activity the child loves; eg. music lessons, art classes, soccer, baseball, karate, swimming lessons, dance, hockey etc.

Available for those between ages 4 to 18 in Hastings, Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties who are unable to pay registration costs.

Apply online and provide T1 General Form.

Up to $300 toward sport or physical activity equipment

Financial assistance for kids to take part in a sport or physical activity not limited to archery, basketball, soccer, squash, ultimate frisbee, girl guides and bocce.

Available for those between ages 4 to 18 whose families meet specific financial criteria as per Revenue Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICO) chart.

Apply online and provide Canada Child Benefit Statement.

Up to $400 toward going to camp

Available for those between ages 4 to 18 in Hastings, Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties who are unable to pay registration costs of going to an outdoor, day or sports camp.

Apply online and provide T1 General Form.

Respite for caregivers of those with intellectual disabilities

Accredited non-profit organization that has supported adults and children with intellectual disabilities for over 60 years.

  • Caregiver respite
  • Accompanied participation in community events (bowling, book club, gardening, pet therapy)
  • Associate family homes (similar to foster care)

Children’s aid

Housing and shelters

To apply for Subsidized Housing (adjusted to approximately 30% of the total gross household income) contact Hastings County’s Community and Human Service Intake Access Centre at: 613-771-9630 or 1-866-414-0300 228 Church St, Belleville, ON K8N 3C4.

Emergency after hours homelessness

Provides assistance for homelessness after normal business hours of Hastings County.

This could include local motels and/or shelters outside of the community.

Transitional and supportive housing for young people

Available to those age 16 to 24 who are looking for a home but are not ready to live on their own yet. 

Women’s shelter

Emergency shelter

Transitional housing

25 beds in designated seniors, male and female houses.

Rent is charged according to Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rental allowance rates. Individuals are provided with the opportunity to work with a ECMH counsellor bi-weekly on goals such as securing safe affordable housing, obtaining personal documents and finding employment.

Supplies for those experiencing homelessness

Examples of gear (availability may vary):

  • Take out containers 
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Ziplock bags
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Blankets
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Batteries
  • Waterproof matches  

The Not Alone Team – Quinte was established in 2018 by Debbie Lee Pike and officially recognized as a federal non-profit incorporation in 2020. 

Mental health and addictions

  • For immediate, in person emergency care, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency department.
  • Mental health crisis line 1-888-757-7766
  • Central Intake 310-OPEN (6736) is a free, confidential service to get information, support and referral to all mental health and addictions services in Hastings & Prince Edward Counties in Ontario, Canada.

Crisis intervention

Available to any adult age 16+ experiencing a psychiatric, emotional, psychosocial or situational crisis requiring an immediate, short-term intervention.

Support and counselling for kids

Professional counselling and support by phone or text (686868) available 24/7/365.

Support and counselling for young people

  • Individual assessment and case planning
  • Substance use and addictions
  • Eating disorder specific counselling (see About Eating page for more information)
  • Group counselling
  • Facilitation of referrals to other community resources and additional Youthab programs (housing, employment etc). 

Available to young people age 16 to 24 in Belleville, Quinte West and Prince Edward County areas.

Counselling & support groups

  • Counselling is available for those age 24+ who need/want short-term counselling in Hastings, Prince Edward and Brighton.
  • Adult colouring
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Suicide bereavement
  • Family caregivers

Addictions treatment & counselling

Addictions and Mental Health Services Hastings Prince Edward

  • Addictions treatment
  • Counselling
  • Supportive housing 
  • Short term residential crisis services
  • Group homes
  • Recreational activities

OATC Belleville Treatment Centre

Alcoholics Anonymous

Other support services

John Howard Society of Belleville

  • Motivational coaching
  • Short-term solution focused counselling
  • Community education
  • Reintegration services

Victim Services

Offers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week short term crisis support, practical assistance, information and referral program to victims of crime and tragic circumstance.

  • On-scene emotional support
  • Financial assistance to victims of violent crimes
  • Provide victims of domestic violence with a GPS panic button
  • Bail notifications

Available to those in Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington Counties. 

Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte

Free, confidential, non-judgmental, support for survivors of sexual violence. Available to survivors who are age 16+, non offending.

Christmas help

Christmas sharing food boxes

Available to City of Belleville, Thurlow Ward, East to Shannonville not including Tyendinaga Territory, West to Whites Rd, South to Ameilasburg.

Register online in November. Proof of identity, residence and income verification are required.

Over to you

We’re interested to know – did we miss any services that should be added to this list? If you’ve used any of these services, what was your experience like? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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