First United operates a year-round shelter, providing 60 beds each night, with space for 40 men and 20 women in separate areas. Residents 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 are helping 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 resident 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 residents with pets and those active in addiction. Ours is a trans-inclusive place, and we offer space and programming specifically for self-identified women.
Click here to inquire about shelter availability or phone our 24 Hour Intake at 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. It boasts an attractive front courtyard and ample outdoor gathering space for its tight-knit group of residents.
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.
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.
First United Church Housing Society was established in 1981, and is governed by its own board of directors.