Emergency Shelters

hl art 033Are you looking for shelter? Please contact our shelters during the following hours to inquire about intake and bed availability:


       • Beacon: 8:00am – 11:30pm
       • Haven: 8:00am – 11:30pm
       • Crosswalk: 9:30pm – 2:00am
       • Anchor: 10:00pm – 2:00am

Harbour Light operates four shelter facilities that provide 176 emergency shelter beds nightly. The mission of our Emergency Shelters program is to provide overnight emergency shelter in a loving, respectful and dignified manner. It is our goal to provide a safe place of refuge and to be a point of contact and referral to Harbour Light or other community services that will meet our client's needs and improve their quality of life. We offer support, trust and hope.

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The four shelters operated by Harbour Light are:

        • Beacon: 138 East Cordova Street
        • Haven: 128 East Cordova Street
        • Crosswalk: 136 East Cordova Street
        • Anchor: 134 East Cordova Street – operational November 1st
          through March 31st annually




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The Beacon and Haven shelters offer 24-hour service to 60 and 40 men, respectively.

Clients staying at these shelters are encouraged to work with our case workers and outreach teams to address their housing obstacles. Staff can assist clients in seeking employment, mental and physical health care, housing, social assistance, and other resources that will help them move from the streets to long-term housing.

Clients in the Beacon and Haven are served healthy, nutritious meals, have access to personal hygiene supplies and laundry services, and access to the Vancouver Coastal Health nursing team for health care, a diverse slate of job skills, education, and living skills programming.

We are grateful to BC Housing for their ongoing support of these innovative shelters!

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The Crosswalk Shelter

This shelter offers a low barrier, safe, alcohol- and drug-free overnight shelter for 35 men and women. The Crosswalk is open from 9:30pm to 7:30m nightly. Clients have access to showers and are provided with a snack upon intake and discharge.  Many services are available for referral such as healthcare, lifeskills, outreach and access to caseworkers. 

The Crosswalk recently relocated to 136 East Cordova. This will allow the shelter to more fully integrate into Harbour Light's continuum of care while offering more resources and support to clients.




The Anchor Cold Wet Weather Shelter

Since 2004, this shelter has provided comfort to clients during the cold, wet winter months.

Offering 40 mats for men and women, the Anchor is a safe, warm, dry space to spend the night. This shelter offers a low barrier, safe, alcohol and drug free environment.  The Anchor is open from 10pm - 8am daily.  Clients have access to showers and are provided with a snack upon intake and discharge.  Many services are availabe for referal such as healthcare, lifeskills, treatment programs, outreach and access to caseworkers.  This shelter is often a place of last resort for clients seeking refuge from the cold or wet weather.

The Anchor will expand to 10-hour service in 2012, thanks to support of our funders. We are very grateful for the support of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, operated by Metro Vancouver, VanCity Community Foundation, and Service Canada.