Lookout Housing and Health Society is a charitable organization and social safety net.

We provide housing and a range of support services to adults with low or no income who have few, if any, housing or support options. Because the people we serve have challenges meeting basic needs and goals, we place minimal barriers between them and our services.

Our services and housing operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to men and women requiring assistance.

We serve 14 municipalities in BC, including Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, New Westminster, the North Shore, Burnaby, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Maple Ridge.

We provide non-judgemental, non-sectarian services to adults coping with a wide variety of challenges.

Housing Options and How to Apply

Belcourt Residence: Mixed Income Affordable Housing

Lookout Society’s mixed-income affordable housing resource, Belcourt Residence opened in early July 2018 and is located at 947 East Hastings Street in the vibrant Vancouver community of Strathcona. Belcourt Residence is part of a newly-built 400 unit affordable housing resource delivered through the City of Vancouver’s Housing Strategy. 70 of these mixed-income housing units (center

Permanent Supportive Housing: Apply or Contact

Permanent supportive housing provides long-term housing for people who require assistance in maintaining their housing. Lookout’s Tenant Support Workers (TSWs) provide a multi-faceted service that includes ongoing support and advocacy on behalf of the tenant with the goal to maximize positive outcomes. TSWs work each tenant to develop case plans that address tenant needs that

Transitional Housing: Apply or Contact

Lookout’s Tenant Support Workers (TSWs) provide a multi-faceted service that includes ongoing support and advocacy on behalf of the tenant with the goal to maximize positive outcomes. Tenants in transitional housing require additional supports before moving towards independent housing. TSWs work with each tenant to develop case plans that address tenant needs that may include:

Shelter Options

Emergency Shelters – Year Round

Lookout’s shelters include 341 beds in nine shelters that serve Vancouver (both the Downtown Eastside and Central Vancouver), Surrey, the North Shore, Abbotsford and New Westminster. Lookout makes a concerted effort to focus on case plans and work with clients to find suitable housing options – a challenge given the lack of affordable housing in the Lower Mainland.  

Extreme Weather Response Shelters (EWR)

Lookout increases the number of beds during the worst weather of the year to ensure those who are at risk have a safe place to sleep. Emergency Weather Response Shelters (EWRs) are operated by Lookout on the North Shore, Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey. Note: EWR shelters are open only when an alert is called

Lookout News

Important information COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 rapidly changing situation, the health and safety of our guests, tenants, staff and volunteers remains paramount to Lookout Society. Lookout is following the guidance, directives and best practices of the World Health Organization, the BDCDC and health authorities. This includes increasing our cleaning protocols and promoting stepped up hygiene practises

Doors open to new homes for people in need in Abbotsford

In mid-April 2019 upwards of 40 individuals, experiencing homelessness in Abbotsford will be offered housing, as well as health and social supports. The newly completed three-storey modular apartment building located at 1640 Riverside Rd. includes eight units designed for people with disabilities. All units are private, with a washroom and kitchenette. The ground floor includes

Powell Street Getaway to Operate as a Warming Centre this Winter

In partnership with City of Vancouver, Lookout’s Powell Street Getaway (PSG) resource centre will function as a warming centre over these cold winter months on nights where temperatures drop to “feels like -5c”. When opened as a warming centre, the operating hours are 9 pm to 7 am. Warming centres are a life-saving measure to

For more Lookout Housing and Health Society media, including news releases and other press, please visit our News and Media section.

Lookout Video

Take a virtual tour of Belcourt Residence, our new mixed income affordable housing project:

Lookout Events

Jackie and Bernadette’s Fundraiser for Relief in the DTES


Jackie and Bernadette saw the problems of the Downtown East Side chronically exacerbated by the impact of Covid 19. Both laid off at the beginning of the shutdown, they decided to use their time doing something to help their community. Jackie has worked and volunteered on the DTES for many years and knew that the Lookout Society was best placed to provide help.

Many people have been affected by COVID-19 but perhaps none more than the marginalized population living in Vancouver’s DTES. The Lookout Society is providing immediate help to help keep the most vulnerable members of our community safe and well through this crisis.

To donate to the Jackie and Bernadette’s Fundraiser for Relief in the DTES, visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/sfcs-foundation/p2p/Jackie-and-Bernadette-Fundraiser/

Stand by Me: A Tribute to Djaeff Mahler – An Online Concert Fundraiser


Djaeff Mahler was a talented and prolific artist well known in the Vancouver and Toronto art worlds who was committed to supporting people who living with HIV/AIDS. To honor the 30th anniversary of his passing, Djaeff’s family and friends have created a virtual concert fundraiser featuring many talented performers from the Greater Vancouver area: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MGxZNpQSQk

The family requests that donations be made to Lookout’s Djaeff Mahler Food Bank.

Named in his memory, the food bank provides protein-rich food baskets to individuals and families who live with HIV/AIDS or HepC. Lookout works with people who lack access to HIV/AIDS and HCV support services through advocacy, outreach, peer training and harm reduction programs.

To donate to the Djaeff Mahler Food Bank, visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/27384/donation