Empress Rooms

The Empress Transition House is a supportive housing environment located in the Downtown Eastside. We are a 33-unit single room accommodation providing transitional housing to adult women at risk, transwomen inclusive, who are or have been impacted by violence and/or abuse. Our goal is to provide a safe and clean environment and to nurture a sense of community and mutual support. We operate from a feminist, harm-reduction, anti-oppression perspective.

Staff offer support services to women 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A nurse’s clinic runs three days a week, providing on-site health care. Breakfast and dinner are prepared in an onsite Community Kitchen seven days a week, and lunch staples and snacks are also available in the afternoons.

We offer an on-site support group, 16 Steps for Discovery & Empowerment, which is a feminist alternative to AA and NA. Our common area provides a TV and computer and also features the artwork of the women living at Empress.

For safety reasons and to enhance the feeling of home, no visitors are allowed.

Formerly known as the Seaview Hotel, Empress was renamed in 2013 to its original and herstorical name, chosen in honour of the strength and power of women.

For more information: Please call the support staff line at 604-687-3618 or send an email to empressroomssupport@atira.bc.ca.

Length of stay: 
12 months transitional housing
Number of units/beds: 
Services offered: 

• Emotional and practical support
• Referrals
• Resource information
• Advocacy
• Court and other accompaniments
• Food security
• Housing outreach
• Community Kitchen
• Nurse’s clinic
• 16 Steps for Discovery & Empowerment (a feminist alternative to AA & NA)