Food and housing help

We offer various emergency food help – through collective kitchens and food distribution – and our partner Action Housing has a worker on-site Wednesday through Friday to help residents with housing needs.

Community House

Our Community House (located at 145 Beausoleil Street) provides educational, recreational and social programs that meet the needs of the residents of Lowertown East. The Community House also offers a physical space for residents that facilitates the identification of community needs, encourages the social integration of its members and promotes harmony and greater community participation.

Cachement area:

Boundaries for the Community House services: St Patrick Street (North) to Rideau Street (South) and Vanier Parkway (East) to King Edward Street (West).

Boundaries for the Food Distribution Program: same as for all other services plus the Byward Market area from Boteler Street (North) to George Street (South) and Kind Edward Street (East) to Sussex Parkway (West).

Millennium Learning Centre
Free access to computers, printer, photocopier and the Internet. Monday through Fridays 9-12pm (closed for lunch) and again from 1-4:30 pm.

Computer Support
Every Tuesday from 7-8:30pm.

Employment Support
Residents can come meet an Employment Consultant. First Wednesday of the month 1:30-3pm.

Intake Services
Offered at the Community House every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30pm and on Wednesdays from 9am to 11:30pm.

How Do You Want You Like Your Eggs?
Free breakfast à la carte every Monday from 9:30 to 11:30.

Food Distribution
We offer emergency food supplies (full once a month and extras every week based on availability) to Lowertown residents (see boundaries/catchment area). Every Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm and Wednesday from 8-11:30am.

Emergency access to Kitchen and Laundry Room
Available to Lowertown Residents and families staying in Econolodge. Call us for additional information and availability.


Our Intake Program provides information, advocacy, and referral services within the LCRC and to external agencies. Our social workers also offer emergency support and services, as well as crisis and short term counselling for individuals and families.

Lowertown Good Food Box Program
Fresh fruits and vegetables buying a club that offers each month, to everybody interested, the possibility of getting fresh fruits and vegetables at a lower cost (boxes of $10, $15, $20 or $25 organic and $5 fruit bags).

Families and low-income individuals can come at the LCRC to apply for this program. It gives a monthly credit to lower directly the cost of the Hydro Ottawa bill. Please call for the complete list of documents to bring.

Caring & Sharing and Toy Mountain
This program offers Giant Tiger Gift certificates or Hampers, as well as toys from Toy Mountain to families who qualify. Referral criterias are low-income revenue, living in LCRC catchment area, and being the legal guardian or parents of the children
(referral for the toys). Please bring documents to register.

Back to School Program
Provides school supplies for Lowertown youth (Kindergarten to 8th grade). Registration required.

Important note: Intake Services offered later on Thursdays: 4 pm to 6:30 pm. We do not offer services during lunchtime (11:30 am – 1 pm).

Action Housing

The agency assists, supports and advocates for disadvantaged individuals and families to find safe, adequate and affordable housing. Issues such as housing emergencies, evictions, discrimination, maintenance and repairs, and illegal rents can be addressed by a housing caseworker.

The Action Housing worker is at the Lowertown Community Resource Centre (located at 40 Cobourg Street) every week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. To make an appointment, contact Yarlie.

Visit Action Housing website.

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