Housing

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

Margaret’s Support Recovery Housing for Women who are Older (Maggie’s)

 

Length of stay: 
Long term/Indefinite
Number of units/beds: 
21
Services offered: 

Referrals

On-site programs/resources: 

Community garden

Community kitchen

Wheelchair accessible

Maxxine Wright Shelter

The Maxxine Wright Shelter opened in February 2010, and serves women who are pregnant or have a newborn and need a safe place to stay.  Women can access the shelter at any point during their pregnancy, and potentially stay until their baby is 6 months old. 

The shelter is staffed 24/ 7 and staff provides a wide range of supports including emotional and practical support, parenting support, advocacy, accompaniments, child-care, information and help connecting to other resources. 

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