YWCA Short Term & Transitional Housing
Programs & Services

Short Term & Transitional Housing

The YWCA provides safe, short-term and transitional housing for women and families in need, including second-stage transition houses for women leaving abuse and housing for single women in recovery and their children. 

If you're in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 911. These resources and helplines are also available to you if you are in a crisis.

Second-stage transition houses

YWCA second-stage transition housing provides safe, affordable temporary accommodation and supports to women and children who have experienced violence.


  • Length of stay: One year, with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of 18 months. 

  • Independent furnished units. Rent geared to income or the shelter portion if on income assistance.  

  • Support staff are onsite Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm. 

All YWCA second-stage transition house addresses are confidential. 

Contact our staff for more information or for an application form: 

Yasmin B., Property Services Assistant 
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 

YWCA Munroe House

YWCA Munroe House is located in Vancouver and is close to transit, shopping and schools. 

Programs and amenities onsite: 

  • PEACE program for children and youth who have witnessed and or experienced abuse 

  • Outreach program for Japanese-speaking women who are experiencing abuse from an intimate partner or a homestay situation 

  • Shared laundry room  

  • Street parking 

  • Three units are reserved for mothers without legal status 

YWCA Eyrie

YWCA Eyrie is located in Vancouver, close to transit, shopping and schools. 

Programs and amenities onsite: 

  • PEACE program for children and youth who have witnessed and/or experienced abuse 

  • Shared laundry room and in-suite laundry hookups available 

  • Secured underground parking 

  • Small outdoor children’s play area 

YWCA Arbour House

YWCA Arbour House is located in Surrey, and is close to transit, shopping and schools. 

Programs and amenities onsite: 

  • Playground 

  • Shared laundry 

  • Community garden 

  • Shared amenities 

  • Secure underground parking 

Second-stage transition housing program supports

Staff is available to provide:  

  • emotional support 

  • advocacy with government and community agencies 

  • safety planning  

  • court accompaniments 

  • information and referrals 

  • parenting support 

  • assistance to find permanent housing 

We acknowledge that women are the experts of their own lives and respect their right to make choices for themselves and their children. 

Supportive Transitional Housing

The YWCA offers a supportive housing community for pregnant and parenting women in recovery at Crabtree Corner Housing. The housing is transitional and the maximum length of stay is from pregnancy to nine months postpartum. Mothers who are working on regaining custody are able to stay for up to 12 months. 

YWCA Crabtree Corner Housing 

YWCA Crabtree Corner Housing is not emergency housing and cannot accommodate women on short notice. Please expect to wait several months for a space to become available. 

Visit Crabtree’s Housing Resources for more information or to apply. 

YWCA Crabtree Corner Housing 
533 East Hastings Street, Vancouver BC 
Phone 604 216 1662  Fax 604 216 1665 

Crisis and transition resources

Stopping the Violence

A guide for women facing domestic violence, including resources on transition houses, crisis lines and other support organizations for women leaving abuse. 

Mothers Leaving Abusive Partners 

A plain-language guide primarily for women with children who are experiencing abuse by their intimate partner (such as a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend). Available in English, French, Spanish, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.  Produced in collaboration with the Legal Services Society.  

Mothers Without Legal Status 

A booklet for front-line advocates and service providers with detailed information about how to help single women with children in Canada without legal status.

Court-Related Abuse and Harassment 

A research report that documents how abusers use the legal system to continue to harass and abuse.