Directions Youth Services (a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver) offers low-barrier programs and services to support youth under the age of 25 who are in crisis or experiencing homelessness as a result of abuse, neglect, substance use, or mental health challenges.
DYSC - (Directions Youth Services Centre) Drop - In
Our Drop-In Centre is BC’s only 24/7/365, low-barrier service for youth. All youth under 25 years old, experiencing homelessness, sleeping rough, or precariously housed can visit our Drop-In Services Centre.
Directions Youth Detox - Under 22 years
If you’re under 22 years old and want support with substance use, Youth Detox is a comfortable, home-like place where you can rest and access kind, non-judgmental medical support for addictions, trauma, and other issues.
This is a voluntary program that accepts self-referral.
Call the detox directly: 604-872-4349 (24 hours per day)
Call the Central Addiction Intake Team (CAIT) Youth Team (Intake 10am-8pm, Monday – Thursday): 604-675-2455 Local 22501; Intake (Friday – Sunday): 604-675-2455 Local 22570
Transitions for Youth to Adulthood - Youth 16-19
Transitioning from youth into adulthood can be a scary and vulnerable time for those in the best of circumstances, and even harder when young people are forced to face this change alone. Transitions for Youth to Adulthood (TYA) supports young people aged 16 to 19 whose support services from the Ministry of Child and Family Development are coming to an end. Referrals accepted through Social Workers.
Street Youth Job Action
Not quite ready for an employment program or a job, but still need money and interested in working? Street Youth Job Action (SYJA) is a low-barrier pre-employment program, where you help beautify the city streets and get paid the same day.
10K Supportive Housing Program - Youth 16-19
The 10K Supportive Housing program, located on the 10th floor of the Kettle on Burrard, offers ten, self-contained bachelor apartments to youth aged 16 to 19 who are involved with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Youth who are referred to our program come from various backgrounds, each with their own individual stories, assets, barriers and needs. Referrals accepted through Social Workers.
Directions Youth Haven
Youth Haven is a five-bed house that offers emergency housing to high-risk youth age 16 to 19.
Youth Haven provides homeless and at-risk youth with immediate access to youth workers offering individualized support, alongside Vancouver Coastal Health’s Integrated Case Management Team, which includes a Nurse Practitioner, a Youth Concurrent Clinician, and an Indigenous Elder. Haven is a low-barrier program that welcomes youth who may face barriers elsewhere due to current substance use, pets, or other individual needs.
You can call or text: 604-367-5204
Directions Youth Safehouse
Youth Safehouse is a nine-bed house that provides secure and stable emergency housing for at-risk youth ages 16 to 18.
At Safehouse, we work with youth to help them secure income assistance, mental health and substance use supports, find permanent housing, and get connected with other help they need. Often the youth who come to us are in crisis, having left a home that was no longer safe, and/or their family relationships have broken down. Youth Safehouse is an extremely low-barrier program: this means youth are always welcomed and supported, no matter what their condition.
You can call or text: 604-773-8976