Lookout Housing and Health Society was founded in 1971 after the staff at the Connolly House youth hostel noticed a trend of older homeless people asking for beds. They applied to the government to open a modest nighttime-only shelter in an area known as Skid Row. The Lookout shelter soon opened its doors and street patrols picked up homeless people from the streets. It became clear that most of these people were older alcoholics who needed help solving problems in life, finding accommodations, and needed treatment and other services. The organisation grew over the years to offer four 24-hour shelters and a range of other services, including outreach, long-term housing, medical services, and activity centres.