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Aboriginal Youth Safehouse

Goals / Purpose of Program

Aboriginal Safehouse poster

The Aboriginal Youth Safehouse is a voluntary, short-term, residential program for youth between the ages of 16-18 of any and all backgrounds who do not have a safe place to stay.  We provide a supportive, non-judgmental place where youth can work towards making positive change in their lives.  Our Youth Workers focus on connecting youth to resources and helping them with goal planning to meet each resident’s individual needs.  We also accept referrals from youth or service providers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.     

Youth are expected to follow the Safehouse guidelines and actively work on their goals such as a housing search, job search, going to school, trying to reconnect with family, etc.

Program Activities

  • Your own room
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Help finding housing, work, training, school programs, etc.
  • LIfe-skills, personal support, advocacy
  • Free clothing closet
  • Computer, telephone, TVs
  • Bus tickets to complete goals
  • Connection to Aboriginal culture
  • A safe, drug and alcohol free environment


How Youth Can Become Involved

Youth who meet the following criteria can access the Safehouse:

  • 16-18 years old youth in need of a safe place to stay
  • Willing to actively work towards positive change in your life
  • Willing to follow the house rules and guidelines

Volunteer Opportunities

Due to the type of programming and concerns for youth safety, there are no volunteer opportunities for this program at this time.

Donations Needed

We would be very grateful to accept donations for youth in our program.  In particular, the following would be very useful for our programming:

  • Bus tickets
  • Unused toiletries
  • Food vouchers

Please call the Program Manager at the number below to discuss your possible donation.  Depending on the type, size and value of the donation, UNYA may be able to provide a tax receipt for donations.  

Program Funders

BC Ministry of Children & Family Development

Aboriginal Youth Safehouse brochure (pdf)

How to contact us:

Mailing Address:
1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 1S6
Phone: 604-254-5147
Toll Free: 1-877-223-4321
Fax: 604-254-5159

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1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1S6 Call: (604) 254-7732 Email: