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Together We're Ending Women's Homelessness


About Powell Place

Opened in 1977 and reopened after renovations in March 2015, Powell Place was the first women-only shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. We serve women who live with the intersecting challenges of violence, abuse, poverty, mental illness and addiction. Our innovative, strengths-based approach encourages women to make their own choices and supports them as they reach toward their goals. Providing accessible, non-judgemental individualized supports 24 hours a day, every day, our priorities are safety, stability, harm reduction and self-determination for every woman. The new facility doubles our capacity from 26 to 52 beds and expands our support services. Following expansion, Powell Place now includes a secure street-level reception area, medical room, learning space, counselling rooms, 1-on-1 support rooms, kitchens and a dining room.

Stories of resilience and hope

Thank you to Everyone

Thanks to everyone who gave safety to vulnerable women in the DTES. We are grateful for the wonderful support for this project from government, business and individuals who care deeply about the well being of the most vulnerable women in our community. With your help over 300 women each and every year will find safety and steps to a better future.


BC Housing
City of Vancouver
Government of Canada – Homelessness Partnership Strategy
Cindy & Ryan Beedie Family
625 Powell Street Foundation

BC Housing, City of Vancouver, Government of Canada, Metro Vancouver
Visionaries ($100,000+)

The Congregation of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Kerrisdale
Hockey Helps the Homeless

Trailblazers ($50,000+)

Human Resources Development Canada – Enabling Accessibility Fund
Rudy & Patricia North
Radcliffe Foundation
Margaret Hope and Carl Vanderspek

Pioneers ($20,000+)

Anthem Properties
Blue Sky Foundation
The Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation
The Peter and Joanne Brown Foundation
Central City Foundation
Face the World Foundation
Houssian Family Foundation
The Louis Family
David and Jill Lyall
Onni Group
Todd Yuen

Champions ($1,000+)

Anonymous (3), Andrew Mahon Foundation, Armstrong Family Foundation, Bridges Family Memorial Foundation, Brook Pooni Associates , Darren Cannon, Raymond Castelli, Churchill International Property Corporation, Richard & Heidi Coglon, Carolyn & Robert Cross, Cameron & Wendy Currie, Dayhu Investments Ltd., Dr. Joan Ford, Garden Club of Vancouver, Holly Gordon, Andrew & Sarah Green, Nitya Iyer, Lee Hester, Carlota Lee, Sharlene & Harald Ludwig, Macdonald Development Corporation, David & Joyce McNair, Chris Morrison Personal Real Estate Corp., Stuart Morrison Personal Real Estate Corporation, MOSAIC, Leah & John O’Neill, RBC Foundation, David Rowntree, Joseph Segal Family Foundation, Suki & Desha Sekhon, Allan Seltzer Mortgage Consultant, Dean & Julie Shepard, Jason & Monica Soprovich, Robert Stokes, Travelers Financial Corporation, Marie Vermeulen, Morag MacLean & Jonathan Oldman, Vito Decicco Personal Real Estate Corporation.

Friends (up to $999)

Anonymous (12), Sue Burgess, Lea Chmelauskas,  Herbert Fears, Susan Fife, E. Marion Greene, Robert Harlow & Sally Ireland, Ronald Harrison, Gary & Michele Huebner, Caroline Kuwica, Mary Lindsay, Shirley McIntosh, Ann L. Neumann, William & Tiare Nonni, Pacific Interchristian Community Society, Bill Randall, Janette Thompson, Patricia Thorpe, Sean Ungemach, Walden Disposal, Ann Yuen.