New Position: Supportive Housing Front Desk Worker, Central City Housing Society, Cosmo WTHP

About Central City Foundation and Housing Society:

Central City Foundation is the legacy that was created in 1907 when a small group of women and men in Vancouver came together to help their neighbours in need.  We believe in the intrinsic value of human beings, in their agency and right to self-determination. Our goal is to build a resilient, caring and inclusive community where it is possible for all people to overcome injustice, participate and thrive. The foundation’s capital is mobilized for good through investments in social purpose real estate, grants and programs that support a diverse array of community-led solutions. Central City Foundation currently owns five properties in BC that help provide low-income housing, support for families, Indigenous-led programs, addiction treatments and support for social enterprise. Our low-income housing is operated through our affiliated organization, the Central City Housing Society.


The Cosmopolitan Women’s Transitional Housing Program(Cosmo WTHP) provides a safe and welcoming community for women struggling with homelessness in the inner city that includes wraparound trauma-informed and culturally inclusive programs and support services from a coordinated community-based service network. The newly renovated Cosmopolitan building and housing program will support women to navigate their individual journeys to wellbeing and fill a critical gap in the continuum of safe and affordable housing in the inner city.

Primary Purpose:

The primary purpose of the Front Desk Worker is to ensure the safety and security of the premises and its residents. This position is responsible for monitoring the front office, building security (including camera and front door access), maintaining the logbooks, general well-being of residents, tracking guests, and ensuring the building is a safe and welcoming place for our residents and visitors. This role requires that you are prepared and responsive, willing to meet challenges directly. 

Essential Duties:
  • Control building access, greeting residents & visitors
  • Work closely with program and support staff
  • Interacting with residents, responding to enquiries and performing security duties for the facility, such as monitoring the front door
  • Ensuring and enforcing community rules
  • Log relevant entries into the logbook
  • Responding to emergency situations according to building policies and procedures
  • Helps ensure the cleanliness of the building
  • Attends staff meetings and trainings as required
  • Performs duties as assigned by the Building Manager
  • Ensure service delivery is consistent with Central City Foundation’s Mission and Mandate and program objectives

The core of our business is serving the inner-city community; therefore, a critical success factor for any person who joins the Central City Housing team is to have an in-depth understanding of the DTES community, anti-oppression work, intersectionality and the legacy of colonialism in our community.

  • Commitment to working with people who are struggling with substance use and/or mental wellness and wellbeing
  • Team members are expected to have gained this understanding through lived experience, as well as any formal education
  • Ability to communicate effectively with residents and staff, verbally and in writing
  • Ability to remain calm and non-judgmental while diffusing conflicts and problem-solving
  • Flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and on-call
  • A current First Aid Certificate is an asset, and experience with overdose response 
  • Experience or training in de-escalation and/or conflict resolution
  • Thorough knowledge of community issues
  • Ability to complete a Criminal Record check to the satisfaction of CCHS

Preferential and limited hiring assist CCHS to achieve diverse and equitable representation in our workplace and to recruit employees whose identities enrich the ways in which we accomplish our mission and serve the community.

Job Types: Full-time and part time positions – Day Shift; Evening & Overnight Shifts

Wage: $21.00 per hour plus benefits after 90 days  (+$0.75 Evenings, +$1.25 Evening)

Reports to the Building Manager

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