First United’s Legal Advocates offer assistance in a variety of legal areas, including social assistance, old age benefits, tenancy and other matters. To meet with an advocate, you must come to an advocacy intake session at the Church. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide legal advocacy over the phone or email, and we cannot do house calls.
Advocacy hours are:
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.
First United processes tax returns for low-income people throughout the year. Because of the fluctuating demand for this program, please check the program calendar for current intake days. You must bring your tax slips (T4s, T5007s etc) with you in order to have your taxes completed. You must attend in person. We cannot accept drop-offs of tax information at any time. Intakes are completed by volunteers and they cannot provide tax advice.
The program is only available for low income people. The maximum annual income limits are:
Single person: total income up to $30,000
Couple: total income up to $40,000
One adult & one child : total income up to $35,000
For families, add $2,500 to the family income for every additional child.
Volunteers cannot prepare complex returns, and cannot complete returns for individuals who:
- Have self-employment income;
- Have business or rental income and expenses;
- Have capital gains or losses;
- Have employment expenses;
- File for bankruptcy; or
- Passed away in the tax year.
We are able to paper file returns for past tax years (up to ten years back) but please note that returns for the current year will be processed first by Canada Revenue Agency. If you are filing multiple years of taxes it will likely be several months before your returns are completed. We have no capacity to speed up the tax process for individuals.
If you have any questions about the tax program, contact Helen at 604 681 8365 ext 101.
First United operates a 60 bed shelter, with separate areas for men and women. There are no private or couples rooms and all beds are bunk beds. This is a low barrier shelter and well behaved pets are permitted.
To inquire about space in our shelter, please call our 24 Hour intake line at 604-839-6880.
First United Church Social Housing Society manages a total of 189 units of affordable housing in the Downtown Eastside and Mount Pleasant neighbourhoods.
To apply for housing, please download this form and either fax it to 604-252-2673 or drop it off in person (to either the building directly or to the Church).
For people who are homeless, our storage facility is often the first step off the streets. Through the mobility it affords, people are able to stabilize their lives, restore trust and build relationships, connect with services, attend trainings and interviews, and even go to work. It is a simple yet transformative service for people in need in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
The facility offers 200 units of storage for people living on the streets or in insecure housing. It is the only program of its kind in Vancouver and is available seven days a week, both morning and evening.