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Safe Shelter

It’s virtually impossible to begin to improve your life when you don’t have a safe and secure place to call home. That’s why we provide 49 low-barrier emergency shelter beds to those who don’t have anywhere else to stay. Our shelter is trans-inclusive, has a women-only space, and will never turn away someone who may be in active addiction. 

Meeting the most basic need of a safe place to sleep is monumental and has the potential to save lives, but we know it doesn’t end there. That’s why our case planner works with shelter residents to connect them to other services, agencies, and permanent housing options to ensure they can have a stable and secure future.

FIRST UNITED Church Social Housing Society

Through our sister organization, FIRST UNITED Church Social Housing Society, we manage 189 units of social housing in the Downtown Eastside and Mount Pleasant. The community members we serve need and deserve permanent housing that they can afford, and we’re proud to be able to support our tenants through the Housing Society.

The three buildings managed by the Housing Society are:

Jennie Pentland Place, 540 East Hastings Street
Bill Hennessy Place, 370 Jackson Avenue
Ledingham Place, 2425 Brunswick Street

The Housing Society was established in 1981 and is governed by its own board of directors.

If you’d like to apply for housing through First United Church Social Housing Society, fill out the Housing application form and submit it to [email protected].

Important information:
If you’re seeking a bed in our shelter, please call the 24-hour intake line at 604.839.6880.

Our shelter has relocated to 467 Alexander Street as we are redeveloping 320 East Hastings.