homelessness

Four exceptional artists collaborated to create a new mural for the Downtown Eastside

On April 28, 2010, at a press conference in which Reverend Ric Matthews announced plans to build a $31 million home for the homeless on the First United Church site at Gore and Hastings Street in...

First United Church announces “Hope Lives Here” $31 million home for the homeless building project

In a press conference today at the site of the newly completed "Paint Your Faith" mural at 55-57 Hastings Street, Reverend Ric Matthews formally announced plans to build a $31 million building on the...

First United uses mural in Downtown Eastside to launch new initiative

First United Church will use the completion of an East Hastings street mural to launch an exciting new Initiative. "This is the time for bold and courageous leadership to address homelessness and we...

First United Church offers a real solution to homelessness

In a recent news release, the BC Ministry of Housing and Social Development indicated the government will continue funding the three Vancouver Heat Shelters, including funding 200 spaces at First...

Haida Totem Pole Dedication at First United Church in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

First United Church is called “home” by a diverse community of over 250 people from the downtown eastside. A new symbol of faith has appeared there. It is a traditional Haida totem pole unveiled as...

"Share the Gold" Campaign Stands to End Homelessness

Ric Matthews of First United Church addresses the crowd. People waiting to begin the stand. The chain forms along both sides of Hastings. The human chain calling for a national housing...

Stand to End Homelessness Now: “Share the Gold” Campaign

Ric Matthews of First United Church spoke eloquently at the rally for a National Housing Program at the Vancouver Art Gallery this past Sunday. This interview with Ric gives a more detailed look into...

Sending out an SOS: Vancouver Rally for a National Housing Program

Downtown Vancouver has transformed into Olympiamania: everyone dressed gaily in red waving flags up down and sideways, long line-ups everywhere, buzzing excitement in the energy field, and people taki

Grounded TV Takes Viewers to Tent City Protest Via Video at the Vancouver 2010 Games

"No more empty talk and no more empty lots," Grounded TV writes. "The 2010 Winter Olympics has escalated the homelessness crisis in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Greater Vancouver area. Since...