Lookout Housing and Health Society was founded in 1971 to meet the needs of a growing number of homeless adults in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Through innovative foresight and determination, Lookout extended its services to include shelters, supportive housing, independent housing, outreach, health services and resource centres. Today, Lookout operates 69 facilities, 50 housing programs and 16 emergency shelters. Lookout serves thousands individuals annually through its 144 programs in 19 municipalities across Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.
Our housing opportunities include:
It is Lookout’s vision to transform the lives of people with few, if any, housing supports. Lookout’s strategic plan highlights housing and service goals that include:
Identifying new possibilities to increase and diversify Lookout’s housing stock
Ensuring all the facilities are safe, secure and well maintained
Commencing renovations that improve the quality of the buildings for residents and staff
Developing systems for support staff to effectively perform everyday maintenance
Developing efficient and effective services with suppliers and community resources
Providing employment programs, training opportunities and access to social enterprises
Having a permanent address is one of the key factors in helping individuals begin to build stable lives. Lookout offers a variety of housing options to best meet the multitude of challenges faced by vulnerable populations living in extreme poverty. All Lookout residences provide a variety of support services (including harm reduction) and permit pets with responsible ownership.
Lookout housing support services include: abstinence-based housing for people wanting to live in an alcohol or drug-free environment, rental housing for people living with low incomes, permanent supportive housing for people needing some help to maintain their housing and transitional housing with a high level of staff supports before moving to independent housing.