Hamilton Alliance for Tiny Shelters (HATS) is a practical response to gaps in the housing crisis.

Giving someone a safe, warm, place they can call home is one of the first stages in healing the whole person.

HATS seeks to empower people experiencing homelessness.

We’re tackling homelessness in
practical ways by setting up warm and safe tiny cabins
for those living unhoused in our community.

The cabins are intended as a temporary solution to fill the systemic gaps in the current housing crisis.
Person-centred wrap-around support services are provided to residents, and the model embraces Housing First principles and will operate from an anti-oppressive lens. The HATS community will be designed and informed by those with lived experience.

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Our Goals

Our aim is to meet the immediate shelter and safety needs of people in Hamilton who are unhoused.

Once we identify a sanctioned site, the plan is to set up 10-20 tiny cabins where residents can live independently in a supportive community.

HATS uses a person-centered approach to identify and addresses individual needs with pre-existing wrap-around services, while also promoting an inclusive community.
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The Tiny Cabin Movement

Communities in Ontario and across North America are looking for innovative ways to address the homelessness crisis.

Tiny cabin communities have proven to be an effective way to keep people sheltered and safe in supportive environments.
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Want to Help?

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We can’t do this without your help!

Your support makes a big difference.
HATS is a non-profit initiative partnering with Hamilton’s Social Planning & Research Council to take online donations through Canada Helps.

Donations will go towards:

• Building & outfitting 20 cabins

• Bedding, furnishings & meals

• Wrap-around supports for residents


To donate, please click this link to visit SPRC’s secure server at CANADA HELPS (and write “HATS” in the message box).

HATS is a grateful recipient of the Local Love Grant