Knowledge Keeper Sally Lee at 2023 Fathers Day Pow Wow
Indigenous Early Years

Wa chxw yuu Reaching Home Program

Wa chxw yuu: "take care" in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh

A Reaching Home initiative to end homelessness, supported by Lu'ma Native Housing Society and Infrastructure Canada

The Wa chxw yuu program at Indigenous Early Years provides culturally safe, holistic housing services for urban Aboriginal families in the Vancouver area.

Wa chxw yuu's services are designed and delivered by Indigenous women who use their cultural teachings and a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to help families meet their housing needs.

The program can offer:

  • Emergency/short-term financial assistance for those displaced, homeless, at risk, or waiting for benefits
  • Cultural services including smudge kits for families, workshops, events, home smudging/cleansing ceremonies, and more
  • Family-centered housing options
  • Preventing evictions through interventions and supports
  • Tenant rights and responsibilities workshops/resources
  • Advocacy and supports for securing housing
  • Referrals for community services

Accessing the program:

Wa chxw yuu accepts self-referrals, as well as referrals from other programs and organizations. Services are not guaranteed and may be based on program capacity.

Please contact one of our team members to begin the intake process. We will identify the areas of support needed, and then determine if the program can help meet your needs.

Participants must commit to following through with all appointments and workshops.

If you are seeking rent arrears, please provide the following documents:

  • Photo ID
  • 3-month bank statement
  • Tenancy agreement with landlord's name, address, and amount owned (payments will go directly to landlord)

Contact us

Frances Whitebear
Housing Outreach Worker
[email protected]
(778) 953-3561

Sally Lee
Knowledge Keeper

[email protected]
(778) 890-6576

Doreen Macfarlane
Director of Indigenous Early Years

[email protected]
(604) 338-7026


Indigenous Early Years

Phil Bouvier Family Centre
717 Princess Avenue
Vancouver BC V6A 3E4