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Community Resources, Social Services & Nonprofit Sector (Vancouver)

This guide offers residents of Vancouver a community resource hub. How to get help and from whom, as well as how to start, run, and manage a nonprofit organization is included.

How to Access Basic Needs in Vancouver

Emergency Shelters:  Shelter List ; Shelter Map

Free Laundry: Drop In Centres

Showers: Drop In Centres

Help Finding a Place to Live in Vancouver: Homeless Outreach Workers

Welfare: Your Welfare Rights: How to Apply for Welfare (page 7 of booklet)

Free Meals: Free Food Schedule

Provincial Government Issued Identification

Federal Government Issued Identification

Help with a lost or stolen ID, Birth Certificate, or Permanent Resident Card for homeless/marginally housed individuals: Kettle Society iD Bank

Help getting ID when you do not have a current home address:  Powell Street Getaway: ID Clinics

Place to store Identification safely: Kettle Society iD Bank

File for taxes when you do not have a current address: Carnegie Community Centre

Free or low cost meals/groceries: For youth: SpoonsUp   For all: Food Asset Map

Help for People Experiencing Homelessness

bc211Click 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 ResponseThis 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 MapIncludes all shelters in British Columbia

Vancouver Food Asset MapThe 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 VancouverSpoons 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: LinkvanA 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

Applying for Welfare Online: How to Apply for Welfare (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 ServicesServices for homeless include: Shelter program; homeless outreach program; homeless prevention program; and Aboriginal homeless outreach Program.