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YWCA Housing communities

We operate 10 housing communities across Metro Vancouver for single women and their dependent children, providing housing that is affordable, and offers opportunities to connect with community.

YWCA Housing communities

Community development

Our Community Development Coordinators support tenant involvement in their communities and provide information on resources. 

Services provided by the community developer include:

  • Referrals to YWCA programs and services
  • Referrals to community agencies and support services
  • Information and resources
  • Facilitation of tenant meetings and community events
  • Support for tenant groups such as community gardening or residential safety 
  • Workshops on topics tenants have identified as useful. In the past this has included financial literacy, emergency preparedness and opportunities for furthering education
  • Community kitchen and children’s programs

YWCA housing communities 

Vancouver

Semlin Gardens

Semlin Gardens is a 28 unit building with two- and three-bedroom apartments. It is conveniently located within walking distance of Broadway Skytrain Stration, and the vibrant Commercial Drive neighbourhood. It has a small communal garden, an outdoor play area suitable for younger children, and an amenity room. Rent is geared to income. 

Crabtree Corner Housing

Crabtree Corner Housing features 12 self-contained units of supportive housing for parenting and pregnant women who are overcoming substance use issues.  Pregnant women can stay for up to nine months after giving birth, and mothers trying to regain custody of their children can stay for up to 18 months. The housing charge is geared to income.  

Cause We Care House

YWCA Cause We Care House is a 21-unit building with of two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments. It has a small communal garden, an outdoor play area suitable for younger children, and an amenity room. Located right above the nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona library, it is a beautiful place to call home. Rent is geared to income. 

Munroe House

Munroe House is a second-stage transition house for women who have experienced abuse from an intimate partner, and for their children. Staff are onsite during business hours to provide emotional support, information and referrals, safety planning and court accompaniment.  Munroe House has 10 self-contained apartments and families are welcome to stay for up to nine months, with the potential for extensions for a maximum possible stay of two years. The housing charge is geared to income.

YWCA Beatty Hotel/Residence

In addition to providing affordable accommodation for travelers on a budget, the YWCA Hotel also provides temporary accommodation to those in need of emergency shelter.

North Vancouver

Cheshá7min-aw̓txw

Cheshá7min-aw̓txw has nine units of two-and three-bedroom apartments plus an amenity space for single mothers and their children. It is located in North Vancouver, close to amenities, within a building that also includes a child care centre and grocery store. Priority is given to North Vancouver residents. Rent is geared to income. 

We give thanks to the Squamish Nation for helping us name our housing community Cheshá7min-aw̓txw (the mothering room). This name recognizes and honours the Coast Salish peoples and their traditional unceded territories. Learn how to pronounce Cheshá7min-aw̓txw here.

Surrey

Alder Gardens

Alder Gardens is a 28-unit building has a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments. Located in Newton, close to the library, shopping and a bus loop, it features a large communal garden, a beautiful outdoor playground suitable for children of all ages, a smoking gazebo and an amenity room. Priority is given to Surrey residents. Rent is geared to income.  

Arbour House

Arbour House is a second-stage transition house for women who have experienced abuse from an intimate partner, and for their children. Staff are onsite during business hours to provide emotional support, information and referrals, safety planning and court accompaniment. It features a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and families are welcome to stay for up to nine months, with the potential for extensions for a maximum possible stay of 2 years. The housing charge is geared to income.  

Coquitlam

Como Lake Gardens

Como Lake Gardens features 30 units of housing for single mothers and their children with a mix of two- and three-bedroom apartments. It is conveniently located close to a Skytrain Station and shopping and has a small community garden, a small outdoor play area suitable for younger children and an amenity room. Priority is given to Coquitlam residents. Rent is geared to income.   

Como Lake Mews

Como Lake Mews features seven two-and three- bedroom townhouses located next to YWCA Como Lake Gardens, and close to a Skytrain Station and shopping.  There is a small outdoor play area suitable for younger children, and an amenity room. Priority is given to Coquitlam residents. Rent is a predetermined amount.  

Langley

Fraser Gardens

Fraser Gardens is a 20-unit building with two- and three-bedroom apartments. It has a large community garden, a small outdoor playground suitable for smaller children and an amenity room.  It is located in Langley, close to shopping. Rent is geared to income.  


Crabtree Corner Housing, Semlin Gardens and Fraser Gardens are proudly supported by: