Second Stage Housing

Iris Kirby House, St. John’s Site: 1 (877) 753-1492O’Shaughnessy House, Carbonear Site: 1 (888) 596-8709

Legs of a girl lying in her bed.

Iris Kirby House owns and operates 13 second stage housing units in the St. John’s, Mount Pearl, and Carbonear areas. Two of those units were made possible by a 100% forgivable mortgage from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the other 14 were made possible through the federal government’s homelessness initiative and the generosity of IKH Foundation Inc.


We also continue to work in strong partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) under their victims of family violence initiative.

Some things to note:

  • Families live in second stage housing for a period of one year, which provides them with an opportunity to reestablish themselves financially and otherwise.
  • Extensions are granted in some circumstances and each case is assessed individually.
  • This service is provided as a landlord and tenant arrangement, where women live independently from the shelter setting, and are responsible for paying their own rent and any costs associated with independent living.