Frequently Asked Questions
What is Centre 454?
What programs does Centre 454 offer?
What does "housing first" mean?
Where is Centre 454 located?
What are the operating hours of Centre 454?
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Who operates/manages Centre 454 and its programs?
Do Centre 454 participants have to be Anglicans?
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Centre 454 is an award-winning day program serving men, women, youth, and families who are living in poverty, experiencing homelessness, or precariously housed in Ottawa. It is one of five community ministries of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, and one of eight day programs of the City of Ottawa.
Our programs include
- social supports such as hospitality, daily activities, group activities, and special events
- practical supports including laundry and shower facilities, telephone and mailbox services, and essential clothing
- counselling support to individuals and groups
- help in navigating the application process for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
- spiritual support including weekly prayer services, special services, and annual memorial services
"Housing first is a key phrase from the City of Ottawa's 10-year plan to address housing and homelessness.
Centre 454 is at 454 King Edward Avenue. Its front door is a garden-level entrance to the basement of St. Albans church.
Generally, Centre 454 is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., except for Wednesdays when we are open from 8:00 to 11:30 am. Seasonal and holiday schedules can affect these hours. See our hours of operation page.
Centre 454 is funded by government, primarily municipal (70%); private donations (15%); and the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa (12%).
Centre 454 is a community ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. An appointed management board offers direction to the Centre. Centre 454 operations are managed and facilitated by an executive director and management team located on site. Professional staff run the Centre’s programs and services, assisted by volunteers.
No. Centre 454 serves individuals of all cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds, faiths, and gender and sexual orientations who are in need.
Centre 454 serves approximately 170 individuals over the course of each day. Typically, individuals visit for short periods, dropping by the Centre for a cup of coffee or for a specific service or program; but some participants stay for the day to enjoy the community Centre 454 offers.
In 1954, the Centre was initiated by the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa to provide support to Anglican men who were preparing to re-enter society from jail. As services expanded and changed, the Centre moved into 454 King Edward Avenue in 1976 and took its new name from the address. It kept the name when it moved to Murray Street in 2000 and then back again to the renovated space at 454 King Edward Avenue in 2012. More information.
Centre 454 promotes mutual respect and cooperation. We are an active member of the Sandy Hill community. Our participants engage in community volunteering and activities; twice annually we have a crew working in Sandy Hill on Cleaning the Capital weekend. We welcome everyone who wishes to tour our facilities and learn about what we do.
People wishing to become involved or to help at the Centre should contact us by any of the methods mentioned above, and see the Get Involved section of our website.