BC Eviction Mapping

The first of its kind in BC, we're learning who is being evicted, from where, and what the impacts are.

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For over 135 years, we’ve been on a mission to seek a just society by nurturing each person’s spirit through ministry, housing, advocacy, and community service.

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We seek a just society by nurturing each person’s spirit through community services, housing, advocacy, and ministry in the face of the often-intersecting challenges of extreme poverty, historical and personal trauma, mental illness, and oppression in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

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We operate from a harm reduction perspective to meet our community’s needs and provide essential services, connection and healing. As a low barrier service provider, we welcome and affirm every individual from all walks of life without exception.
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We’re building better futures by responding to the most pressing needs of our community: providing essential services, connection, and healing. We provide direct support to our neighbours in the Downtown Eastside and advocate for compassion, dignity, and justice for the community.

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BC Eviction Mapping: Justice Alongside Charity

Date 17 May, 2023

Category Advocacy, Blog

Last week we released our initial findings from the BC Eviction Mapping project. The project is the first of its kind in BC, and our first official systems change project that challenges the systems that keep people trapped in cycles of poverty, homelessness, and marginalization. Work on this project began almost a year ago—a testament […]

72, on a pension, and facing eviction

Date 24 Mar, 2023

Category Blog

Imagine being 72, on a pension, and suddenly being evicted from your home of 11 years. What would you do? As part of our eviction-mapping project, we recently spoke to a woman on Vancouver Island who was exactly in that position: “It’s been horrible. I’ve never had to do this before. I’ve been here for 11 years. […]

Downtown Eastside charity FIRST UNITED featured on Nicola Wealth Podcast

Date 13 Mar, 2023

Category Blog, First Forward, Redevelopment

Listen to this February edition of the Nicola Wealth podcast featuring FIRST UNITED’s Interim Executive Director Amanda Burrows.

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