Vancouver

SisterSpace Overdose Prevention Site

SisterSpace is a safe, clean supported environment where women who use can inject their own drugs, inside, with other women who care about their safety and security. If they choose, they can connect to addiction, health care and community services, information about which and referrals to will be made on site.

Sorella Housing for Women and Children

Sorella is a 108-unit, 10-storey complex on the corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver. Sorella is staffed 24 hours a day seven days a week. Staff offer social supports, resource referrals and are responsible for managing the front door of the building, working to ensure the safety of the women and children who live there. Staff run a number of groups for the residents, including a 16-step group, a community kitchen and a Rediscover Parenting program.

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Length of stay: 
Indefinite
Number of units/beds: 
108
Services offered: 
  • Staffed 24 hours a day seven days a week.
  • Staff offer social supports, resource referrals and are responsible for managing the front door of the building, working to ensure the safety of the women and children who live there.
  • Staff run a number of groups for the residents, including a 16-step group, a community kitchen and a Rediscover Parenting program.
On-site programs/resources: 
  • 16-step group
  • Community kitchen
  • Rediscover Parenting program

Secord Housing for Women

Housing for women 19+

The Secord Housing for Women (formerly known as The Marr) is a residential supportive housing program for women. The goal of the program is to support women to access community services and to live independently of violence and abuse, within a harm-reduction framework. The Secord has 28 single rooms spread over two floors. Each room is furnished with a fridge, bed, microwave, two tables and a chair. Each room also has either a small closet area or a shelving unit. There is a communal kitchen, common lounge and a laundry room on the second floor.

Number of units/beds: 
28
Services offered: 
  • Staff is on site 24 hours/day, seven days/week.
  • There is a part-time community kitchen program and support staff are available to provide requested referrals, one-to-one and group support, and to facilitate social and cultural activities.

Oneesan Housing for Women who are Older

Oneesan Housing for Women who are Older offers 12 units of long-term, independent housing to women, age 55 and over, who have experienced violence and abuse. Located at 502 Alexander Street, the three-storey building is Canada’s first shipping container housing development. At Oneesan, we provide six social housing units as well as six units at Housing Income Limits rental rates. All units are self-contained studio suites with their own kitchen, bathroom and laundry.

Length of stay: 
Indefinite
Number of units/beds: 
12
Services offered: 
  • Referrals
  • Resource information
  • Advocacy
  • Intergenerational Mentorship Program with Imouto Housing for Young Women
  • Community Kitchen
  • Community Garden
  • Craft days with Enterprising Women Making Art

Empress Rooms

The Empress Transition House is a supportive housing environment located in the Downtown Eastside. We are a 33-unit single room accommodation providing transitional housing to adult women at risk, transwomen inclusive, who are or have been impacted by violence and/or abuse. Our goal is to provide a safe and clean environment and to nurture a sense of community and mutual support. We operate from a feminist, harm-reduction, anti-oppression perspective.

Length of stay: 
12 months transitional housing
Number of units/beds: 
33
Services offered: 

• Emotional and practical support
• Referrals
• Resource information
• Advocacy
• Court and other accompaniments
• Food security
• Housing outreach
• Community Kitchen
• Nurse’s clinic
• 16 Steps for Discovery & Empowerment (a feminist alternative to AA & NA)

Sue Bujold Floor

The Sue Bujold Floor is located on the 7th floor at Bridge Housing for Women. There are eight beds available for women from the Downtown Eastside who are living with chronic, life limiting health issues, including those who may be nearing end of life. The floor is staffed 24/7 with health care assistants, including LPNs, and primary health care will be provided by an attending physician and nurse outreach team. Women who have their own doctor and or primary health care teams are welcome to continue to work with those teams.

Length of stay: 
Indefinite
Number of units/beds: 
8
On-site programs/resources: 
  • Emotional support
  • Health care assistance
  • Outreach team

Homelessness Prevention & Housing Outreach, Vancouver

Services

  • Work with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to assist them to secure safe, affordable, appropriate, long-term housing
  • Provide ongoing support in an effort to support women to maintain their housing
  • Build and maintain relationships with landlords in an effort to support women to keep their housing
  • Work with landlords to support them to consider renting to other women

Hours

Vancouver

Imouto Housing for Young Women

Length of stay: 
Long-term transitional housing
Number of units/beds: 
15
On-site programs/resources: 

Community kitchen
Garden
TV Lounge
Meeting space

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