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For most of us, there really is no place like home. But sometimes for some of us, things take a turn, and we find ourselves without a home and facing other overwhelming challenges. At Shepherds of Good Hope, we shelter, feed and support homeless people every day.

But a shelter is no substitute for a home. That’s why we’re building 216 Murray. This modern new building will provide supportive housing for Indigenous people, women and others who are chronically homeless and struggling with substance use and other disorders. Forty-eight people will come home to their own safe place with around the clock supportive care on six residential floors at 216 Murray.

The first two floors of 216 Murray includes a brand new, state of the art, Shepherds of Good Hope community kitchen, a large drop-in space and an outdoor area providing a sense of community for all.

216 Murray

Shepherds of Good Hope’s programs and services are located on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory.
The peoples of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia.
Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land.
Shepherds of Good Hope is deeply committed to the urgent work of justice and reconciliation with Indigenous communities.

Homes for All. Community for All. Hope for All.

Mary and Chris Taggart have been named co-chairs of the capital campaign to support the delivery of 216 Murray and the services it provides.

“Supporting Shepherds of Good Hope gives our family an incredible opportunity to help their critical and compassionate work and their inspiring vision for this new building in the City of Ottawa,” says Mary Taggart, editor-in-chief of Ottawa at Home. Her husband, Chris Taggart, is the President of Tamarack Developments and Tartan Homes. 

The Shepherds’ transitional shelter building at 256 King Edward, which delivers harm reduction and emergency services, has been renamed Taggart Parkes Family Community Hub in appreciation of the family foundation’s gift.

“We think it’s very important to provide housing for people that are in need in Ottawa. That’s part of the reason why we got involved with Shepherds of Good Hope.”

Hear from campaign Co-Chairs, Chris and Mary Taggart as they share why the believe “Where there’s home, there’s hope.”

Supportive Housing

216 Murray is the latest addition to Shepherds of Good Hope’s network of supportive living facilities.  Over 99% of those who move from the shelter to Shepherds’ supportive living do not go back to the shelter. 

Our supportive housing programs provide long-term homes with on-site, around-the-clock support for people of all genders, including seniors. We help support people with their physical and mental health, trauma, and substance use. We connect individuals with community and resources and help to build their independence. 

All the people who live in the buildings we operate have been at risk of, or have experienced, homelessness. Supportive housing enables them to move from one level of support to another based on their current needs and lifestyles. 

Shepherds of Good Hope currently operates five supportive housing residences, located throughout the city of Ottawa from Kanata to Rideau-Rockcliffe. 216 Murrary is the sixth residence,  is now under development in Lowertown, and expected to open in early 2025.  

Supportive Living

Meals served in
community kitchen

Nights is average
length of stay
in our shelter

Meals served in
Shepherds supportive
living residences

different people used
our shelter services

New supportive living
units being built 
at 216 Murray