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Homelessness and low-income resources

Addressing homelessness

Council is working hard to provide homes for our residents who face homelessness.

Creating enough safe, clean, and affordable housing is not a goal that can be achieved overnight, unfortunately.

In the meantime, having residents sleeping on the street or going without food or other necessities is unacceptable.

Through grants, partnerships, and direct outreach, we help provide homeless and under-housed residents from the Downtown Eastside and other areas of the city with shelter, free or low-cost food, and other services and resources.

Find shelters, financial assistance, and other amenities

Cold weather shelters

Find locations, hours, and other details for permanent and winter shelters throughout Vancouver.

Financial aid

The Vancouver Rent Bank provides one-time interest-free loans to low-income people in temporary financial crisis. Learn more here.

Free and low-cost food

Download a list of organizations in Downtown and Downtown Eastside that offer free- or low-cost meals or groceries to residents in need.

Leisure Access Program for low-income residents

Learn about the benefits of the reduced-cost Leisure Access Program and how to apply.

Community centres for low-income residents

Carnegie Centre stairs

Carnegie Community Centre

Amenities include public library, cafeteria, art and recreation programs, adult learning and literacy programs, weight room, and outreach services. The centre is located at 401 Main St, Vancouver BC. 604-665-2220.

Evelyne Saller Centre entrance

Evelyne Saller Centre

Amenities include social, recreational and life-skill development programs, showers, laundry, and cafeteria with low-cost meals. The centre is located at 320 Alexander St, Vancouver BC. 604-665-3075.

The Gathering Place

Gathering Place Community Centre

Amenities include an education centre, reading room, low-cost cafeteria, and programs for arts and recreation, health, youth and volunteers. The centre is located at 609 Helmcken St, Vancouver BC. 604-665-2391.

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

Centre provides personal and family support services, and offers an out of school, pre-school and day-care program for children. The centre has a gym, hobby rooms, and club rooms. Located at 920 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC. Phone: 604-257-6949

Strathcona Community Centre

Strathcona Community Centre

Amenities include a fitness centre, gym, games room, and playground. The centre is located at 601 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC. 604-713-1838.

Thunderbird Community Centre hours and location

Thunderbird Community Centre

The Thunderbird Community Centre is located at 2311 Cassiar St, Vancouver, BC. 604-713-1818. Amenities include a fitness centre, gym, games room, computer lab, and playground.

Meet a City of Vancouver advocate for the homeless

Judy Graves, the City's Homeless Advocate for decades, retired recently. Here is her story.

Video: "Ending Homelessness"

Metro Vancouver homeless counts

The Metro Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH) oversee the annual Homeless Count, a 24-hour snapshot of homelessness in Metro Vancouver.

Get the counts

Find the help you need

BC211

BC211's "Redbook" is a complete online directory of programs and services in Vancouver for homeless and under-housed residents.

Cold weather sheltersFinancial aidFree and low-cost food