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New housing initiatives

Thanks to a number of unique partnerships, we are currently building three new housing communities in Metro Vancouver.

YWCA Arbutus Project in Vancouver

Photo of Arbutus Centre Housing Project

YWCA's newest housing project on Vancouver’s west side will add another 125 new units of affordable homes for residents on low and moderate incomes. The Arbutus Centre project will be operated through an innovative partnership between YWCA Metro Vancouver (YWCA), Tikva Housing Society (Tikva) and Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC). Together, we will serve the needs of a diverse range of individuals and households, allowing families to continue to live close to their communities, workplaces and support networks. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2021.

For more information, please visit our Arbutus Centre housing project information page.

  • YWCA Metro Vancouver will provide 32 units of safe, affordable housing for single mothers and their dependent children. The housing community will serve low and moderate income families.
    We are currently accepting applications. For questions about YWCA’s housing community, email propertyservicesassistant@ywcavan.org or call 604-282-3113.
  • Tikva Housing Society will operate 37 units: 27 studio and one-bedroom units, primarily for Jewish low-income singles and couples, and 10 studio units for individuals transitioning from supportive housing to independence.
    For question about Tikva’s housing, email info@tikvahousing.org or call 778 998 4582.
  • The Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC will offer 56 units of affordable rental housing for members of the community, particularly seniors and families, on low and moderate incomes.  In 2021, ANHBC will open a new Neighbourhood House that will support Arbutus Centre residents to stay connected to their community.
    For question about ANHBC’s housing community, email housing@asknh.org or call Kitsilano Neighbourhood house at 604 736 3588.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Brenda Madrazo at bmadrazo@ywcavan.org


YWCA St. George's North Vancouver

We are partnering with Chard Development Ltd. to provide 14 two-bedroom and three-bedroom units of housing in the City of North Vancouver. YWCA units will be located on the third and fourth floors of the 22-storey building and will include an outdoor space and an amenity room for the exclusive use of YWCA residents. In an excellent location near Lonsdale Avenue and close to the City of North Vancouver Library, green spaces, grocery stores and produce markets, this new YWCA housing community will provide much-needed housing units for low- and moderate-income single mothers and their children in the community. Residents will also have access to YWCA resources such as child care, legal education and employment services.

We have raised 99% of our $5.861M capital and endowment campaign to build the YWCA St. George's project. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2021.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Kathy Lilyholm at klilyholm@ywcavan.org | 604 895 5851

We are currently accepting applications


YWCA Richmond Project

We are partnering with Keltic Development on a new housing project to provide 27 affordable units in the heart of Richmond's community. For the first time, studio and one-bedroom units will be available alongside our usual offering of two- and three-bedroom units. In addition to serving single mothers and their children, we will be opening this new housing community to single women without dependents. Priority will be given to those who are fleeing violence from an intimate partner, seniors with children who aged out of housing and those who wish to stay in the community. This new YWCA housing community is walking distance to the Canada Line Brighouse SkyTrain station and conveniently close to Richmond Centre, grocery stores, Richmond Public Library, Richmond General Hospital, play areas and plenty of green spaces. Residents will also have full access to all building amenities within the four-tower complex. 

We are embarking on a capital campaign to raise $5.9M, and are actively seeking donors to join us in making this housing a reality.

To make a donation, contact Bobbi Sarai at 604 895 5780 | bsarai@ywcavan.org.

We will begin taking enquiries and applications six months prior to the anticipated opening.