Personal Care Kits or Comfort Bags are a great way to assist someone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Here’s a list of items that can go into your kit.
If you can’t donate a complete kit consider donating a number of one of the individual items on the list
or donate $20 towards a kit.
Our clients also need personal items such as warm clothing, blankets and socks for the winter months. Winter donations:
Whenever one of our clients moves from a shelter to a home, they require everything from pots and pans to chairs and lamps. Below is our shelter-to-homes kit list. Please note that we may not be able to accept some furniture and households donations, particularly mattresses, king/queen beds and large pieces of furniture.
Your donation of the following new or gently used items will help create a home in for someone who has lived without the security of affordable, suitable housing.
single bed (occasionally a larger bed)
sheets (assorted sizes)
blankets (assorted sizes)
comforter/bed spread (assorted sizes)
chairs (2 or 4)
dishes (dinner plate, side plate, bowl, cup or mug) (4)
cutlery (for 4)
measuring cups and spoons
sofa or hide‐a‐bed
small end table
broom and dustpan
mop and bucket
TV and TV stand
Donations can usually be dropped off at the following locations. Please call ahead to ensure we can use your donations and arrange a delivery time if necessary:
Contact Lookout Housing and Health Society at 604-255-0340 for more information on dropping off goods or making a donation.
Rising housing costs across Metro Vancouver increases the burden on many people, including the working poor. More people require our assistance. Subsidizing someone’s rent can make housing affordable and prevent a person or a family from becoming homeless. A one-time donation could help pay someone’s damage or pet deposit; monthly donations could help someone keep their home over a longer period.
One priority of Lookout is to help people stay housed in their home communities where they are close to services, families and friends. However, rents are high and wait-lists for subsidized housing are long. This means that people on low fixed incomes are forced to use our shelters.
The greatest concentration of affordable housing in Canada is found the Downtown Eastside (DTES). For some people, this is the only area that has housing at affordable rates. Lookout tries to help people remain in their own neighbourhoods where they are closer to supports, family and friends. This also reduces competition for affordable and subsidized housing in the DTES.
Rent subsidies work wonders. With continued support from our Outreach team, rent subsidies help to provide autonomy and stability. When an individual no longer needs the subsidy, the funds can be transferred to help another person secure housing.
Donors can help Lookout locate affordable housing for people in their home communities by subsidizing the rent of a unit so that is at (or close to) the shelter portion of assistance. A rent subsidy may range from $75-300 month, depending on the need of the individual or family.