First United has been engaged in legal advocacy work since the 1970’s. We provide much-needed legal assistance, advice and representation to low-income and vulnerable people in the Downtown Eastside. Today, we support clients with upwards of 2,800 unique cases every year, helping people resolve a range of issues. The advocates at First United Church provide a broad spectrum of legal advocacy services in the following areas:
- Social Assistance (Welfare)
- Old Age Security
- Disability benefits.
- Employment Insurance
- Workers Compensation
- Canada Pension Plan (including disability)
- Employment-related issues
- Human Rights
Please note that we cannot necessarily offer full assistance or representation in all areas. However if we are not able to help, we will try to find someone else to take on the issue, if possible.
We are committed to empowering people to assert their legal rights and make their voices heard. For donors looking to support our work, please visit our donations page.
Important notice: Advocacy at First United has moved! We are now located at 542 East Hastings Street, 2 blocks east of the church. Our new phone number there is 604-251-3323 and our new fax number is 604-251-2488. Our hours remain the same.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00-11:00 AM
Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-2:30 PM
Capacity is limited, so please arrive at the start of the intake period. Please bring along any paperwork you have related to your issue.