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.

Rent bank

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

Free and low-cost resources

Download a list of organizations that offer free- or low-cost meals or groceries and clothing 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


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

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.

Gathering Place

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.


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


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


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