Supportive/Permanent Housing: a home to be proud of
Lookout has provided this third stage of housing since 1978, starting with rooming-houses in the Downtown Eastside and expanding in 1993 to also offer self-contained housing.
All our self-contained permanent housing targets men and women with no housing alternatives to ensure they have a home they are proud of. Where needed, support staff provide assistance and work with residents to develop life skills and link to community services that help residents enjoy successful healthy lives.
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The Lookout Society provides 591 permanent housing units in 13 buildings. Our buildings can be found in:
Downtown Vancouver – Jim Green Residence, Jeffrey Ross Residence and Annex, Sakura So, Tamura House, Cordova Residence, Avalon Hotel, the Walton Hotel, Pender Housing and Lion Hotel
Central Vancouver – First Place
New Westminster – Cliff Block, The Russell and Rhoda Kaellis Residence
In order to be accepted into permanent housing, clients must first complete this application form.
The Jim Green Residence is a permanent home for 66 low income men and women with a history of homelessness.
The residence provides self-contained, independent housing for local residents who are marginalized – individuals who, for a variety of reasons, have limited housing options. Priority is given to applicants whose safety is at risk in their current housing, including those who are in mentally, emotionally or physically abusive situations.
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Built in 1993, the Jeffrey Ross Residence is a four-storey apartment building with 37 one-bedroom apartments, four of which are fully wheelchair accessible.
The residence is for people whose home community is the Downtown Eastside and who live with a disability – although they must be able to live independently with appropriate supports. Rent is subsidized by BC Housing and set at a rate geared to the tenant's income.
Tamura house is a 105-unit building purchased by the provincial government to protect affordable housing stock in Vancouver for those most in need.
Recently restored as low-income housing, the Tamura House was built by Mr. Tamura, who was responsible for establishing trade between Canada and Japan. Originally it was a hotel and his company's offices. It is located on Powell Street close to Oppenheimer Park.
First Place provides 129 units of housing for people who have been homeless and require a supportive environment to maintain their independence and stability. Tenants are selected through a referral system set up by BC Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Lookout. Built to a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ) certified Gold standard, First Place serves as a model for affordable housing.
You can take an online audio tour of First Place that explains its sustainable features.
The Rhoda Kaellis Residence provides 24 units of housing for low, fixed-income New Westminster residents who have a history of homelessness. Thirteen of the housing units provide permanent housing while 11 units are for transitional housing. The transitional units provide accommodation for approximately two years, allowing Lookout's experienced and trained staff to assist residents rebuild their lifeskills so they can move into permanent, more independent housing in their home community.
You can take an online audio tour of Rhoda Kaellis Residence that explains its sustainable features.
The Cliff Block in Downtown New Westminster provides seven units of minimal-barrier and supportive housing alongside transitional housing units. The Cliff Block is a four-storey heritage rooming house located close to the heart of New Westminster and near community services. The Cliff Block provides 16 units of minimal barrier, supportive housing in Downtown New Westminster for high risk homeless men and women having few, if any, housing alternatives.
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BC Housing purchased the venerable three-storey College Place Hotel in downtown New Westminster and took possession on January 11, 2008. This purchase saved a significant heritage building and retained up to 55 units of affordable housing in New Westminster.
Read more about The Russell
Partnership agreements have been formed with the purpose of improving living conditions in SRA (Single Room Accommodation) hotels in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside between the Lookout Society, as a service provider and hotel owners. Lookout has partnership agreements with the Avalon Hotel, Cordova Residences, Lion Hotel and Walton Hotel.
Read more about Partnership Agreements
Download an application form.