First United operates a year-round shelter, providing 60 beds each night, with space for 40 men and 20 women in separate areas. Clients have 24 hour access to the building and enjoy three meals a day, seven days a week. As a low-barrier shelter, we welcome people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to access support from other providers. That means we support the most vulnerable people in our city, our neighbours with nowhere else to turn.

We are flexible to the unique situations of each individual. Every client is paired with a case planner who works with them to identify and work towards goals related to housing, wellness, income security, and overall stability. We welcome clients with well-behaved pets and those active in addiction. Ours is a trans-inclusive place, and we offer space specifically for self-identified women.

For bed availability call 604-839-6880.


Through our sister society, First United Church Social Housing Society, First United manages a total of 189 units of affordable housing in the Downtown Eastside and Mount Pleasant neighbourhoods.

Bill Hennessey Place

370 Jackson Avenue

Vancouver, BC V6A 3X1

Bill Hennessey Place offers 70 units of housing, including bachelor, one bedroom, and two bedroom units.

Jennie Pentland Place

540 East Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC V6A 1P8

Jennie Pentland Place provides 86 units of housing, including bachelor, one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom units. Seven units are fully accessible. The building features a large amenity space for community gatherings, including regular resident lunches.

Ledingham Place

2425 Brunswick St,

Vancouver, BC V5T 3M1

Ledingham Place is located in a beautiful, adapted heritage home in historic Mount Pleasant. It features 33 units of accommodation for families, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Download a housing application.

First United Church Housing Society was established in 1981, and is governed by its own board of directors.

View a list of the current directors.