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A help guide for the homeless in B.C.

Homelessness - Frequently Asked Questions

Can you help me find a place to sleep tonight? Shelter List

Where can I clean my clothes? Drop In Centres

Where can I take a shower? Drop In Centres

Is there someone who can help me find a home? Homeless Outreach Workers

Do I qualify for Welfare in BC? Your Welfare Rights: How to Apply for Welfare (page 7 of booklet)

Is there a place nearby where I can get a free meal? Free Food Schedule

Where can I acquire or store my identification? Kettle Society iD Bank

How do I get I file for taxes and get the credits I deserve when I don't have an address? Carnegie Community Centre

Where can I get  free or low cost meals/groceries? For youth: SpoonsUp   For all: Food Asset Map

Quick Help


Click on "Homelessness" on the home page and enter the postal code for services in your neighbourhood or call 2-1-1 toll-free (multilingual)

bc211 Extreme Weather Response

This Shelter and Street Help Line PDF includes listings for all EWR shelters in British Columbia.

The list is updated at around 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Contact them to find available shelter beds and services in the Lower Mainland: dial or text 2-1-1

Emergency Shelter Map

Includes all shelters in British Columbia

Vancouver Food Asset Map

The map highlights food assets -- places where people can grow, prepare, share, buy, receive or learn about food -- in Vancouver

Spoons Up - Find Food in Metro Vancouver

Spoons Up website/map of free and low cost meals and groceries in Metro Vancouver. Designed for Youth. Searches can be limited by day of the week and meal time!

Downtown Eastside: Linkvan

A mobile-friendly website that connects community residents in the Downtown Eastside to nearby resources such as shelter, food, medical care, hygiene services, advocacy, and technology access

How to Apply for Welfare: Applying for Welfare Online (using a computer or phone)

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply for welfare online provided by Legal Services Society

 Homeless ID Clinics How individuals experiencing homeless can get ID:

As of October 2017, pro bono law students and lawyers are opening a weekly ID Clinic at the Powell Street Getaway BC. Law students to help homeless and marginally housed individuals apply to replace lost or stolen ID.

BC Housing: Homelessness Services


Initiatives & Research