the free association

from within the occupied territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

Best shelters

The Yukon – still sucks but allows least amount of drugs, very relaxed curfew, 

The Native Warehouse – wicked food, awesome staff.

Catholic Charities – if you’re lucky enough to get in here, you’ll be woken up and sent on your way with $11 worth of stamps for lunch. Great staff. 

Belkin House– zero tolerance for drug use. Good food, fast laundry!

Covenant house – for youth only, but will help you find housing, hook you up with clothes, go the extra mile.

North Shore Shelter

Best places to hide out when it gets cold out

Your nearest Community Centre All over Vancouver. If you’re on income assistance or disability, you can ask the front desk for a Leisure Access Pass, which will give you free or heavily discounted access to pools, saunas, showers, fitness facilities, and other handy facilities. Pro tip: all you really need to bring is a red bus pass if you’re on PWD. If you don’t have one, a cheque stub or other proof of income will work.

The Usual Suspects

The Gathering Place

609 Helmcken St, Vancouver, BC

It’s indoors. It’s got showers. It’s got food. 

The 44 (Evelynn Saller Centre)

609 Helmcken St, Vancouver, BC

The Carnegie

609 Helmcken St, Vancouver, BC

There’s a library, food and stuff to do!

Bonus gems

Local libraries

All over the place!

Our top recommendations are:

  • Vancouver City Centre
  • Hillcrest
  • Richmond public library

Skating rinks!

Turns out you can catch some good junior hockey games for free if you are in the right place at the right time!

How to get a Leisure Access Pass (and why you should!)

Free access to:

  • Indoor and outdoor pools (plus showers)
  • Ice rinks + skate rentals
  • 1 visit to the Vancouver Aquarium per year

Plus at least 50% off the following:

  • Fitness centres
  • Playland and the PNE
  • Bloedel Conservatory
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Stanley Park Train

You also get 1 year of unlimited access to Mobi bike share bicycle rentals for $20.

Click here for more info on the COV website

If you receive income assistance in BC and live in Vancouver, this is for you! Drop by any Vancouver Community Centre and ask reception for an application form. You’ll need:

  • Government issued ID
  • Proof that you live in Vancouver (it can be on your ID, or a cell phone bill, or a piece of government mail)
  • Something proving you are on govt assistance. If you have a red bus pass or a cheque stub, that’s good enough!

If you have any issues, call Killarney Community Centre and ask for Michelle, she can walk you through the process! (604) 718-8200

Best places to get online for free

Your nearest neighbourhood house.  These places often have underused or completely vacant computer labs where you can quietly surf the internet in peace. Ask the staff at the front desk if they have public computers for use. They will most likely say yes, and they will probably ask if there’s anything else you need while you’re there. There’s a good chance they’ll try to feed you!

Community centres. Most of them have #VanWifi available for free. Good quality high speed internet and they will be okay with you chilling out there for a while as long as you are just doing your own thing. 

Banks, Tim Hortons, Starbucks, McDonalds. Banks where they have ATM access after branch ours tend to be nice quiet spots, plus you can charge your phone at an outlet at many places. Timmy’s, Starbucks, and McDonalds have reliable free wifi too. As a last resort, malls like Pacific Centre generally provide free wifi but it’s not great quality. 

Where to get a good shower

The Usual Suspects

(Downtown and the DTES)

  1. Gathering Place
  2. 44
  3. The Carnegie

 Hidden gems

  1. Killarney Community Centre
  2. Hillcrest Pool and Sauna
  3. Vancouver Aquatic Centre (under the Burrard St Bridge)

Outside Vancouver

Walnut Grove Community Centre

Expect Amazing

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Contact

Want to collaborate with us on another project that supports marginalized people in Vancouver, BC? Got some spare change? Lonely? We are pretty friendly people!

 

 

The Free Association

#290 – 1275 Venables St

Vancouver, BC

V6A2C9

PHONE             (604) 916 5839

EMAIL               fscfa@vcn.bc.ca

 

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