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Aboriginal Youth Safehouse

Aboriginal Safehouse poster

The Aboriginal Youth Safehouse is a voluntary, short-term, live-in program for youth ages 16-18 years old of 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 youth’s individual needs. 

The Safehouse is a safe, drug and alcohol free space. Youth must 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

-  Nutritious meals and snacks
-  Help finding housing, work, training, school programs, etc.
-  LIfeskills, personal support, advocacy
-  Free clothing closet
-  Your own room
-  Computer, telephone, TV
-  Bus tickets to travel to complete your goals
-  Connection to Indigenous culture

How to get involved

Youth who meet the following criteria can self-refer to the Safehouse:
-  16-18 year-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

We accept referrals from youth or service providers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  

Donations Needed

We appreciate donations for youth in our program. In particular, the following would be very useful for our programming:
-  Bus tickets
-  New toiletries
-  Food vouchers

Depending on the type, size and value of the donation, UNYA may be able to provide a tax receipt for donations. Please call the Program Manager at 604-254-7732 to discuss your possible donation.

Program Funders

BC Ministry of Children & Family Development

Aboriginal Youth Safehouse brochure (pdf)

Contact us today

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

Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

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