Cool Aid’s second housing development, Pandora Place, contains three distinct yet  complementary programs under one roof:

  • Pandora Apartments – 32 units for adults managing mental health and addictions.

  • The Downtown Community Centre – a multi-purpose facility for the downtown community that includes a gymnasium, computer access, kitchen and courtyard. Visit the Community Centre’s own page for information about programming, schedules, voice mail service and gym rentals.

  • Pandora Youth Apartments – eight transitional housing units for youth aged 15-19 years, operated by the YM/YWCA Outreach Services. For info call 380-2663.

Opened in 1997, the building incorporates feedback and lessons learned from many of the Swift House tenants. The Downtown Community Centre has played a key role in allowing residents of all of our buildings a chance to recreate together – from playing a game of basketball to holding a tenant meeting. Tenants also participate in newsletters, in-house choir groups, community kitchens, art therapy sessions, regular shopping expeditions, camping trips and work searches. Relations with neighbouring businesses and residents continue to be positive and constructive. Tenants are valued members of the downtown community who care about the quality of their environment.


Pandora Place is made possible with the support of:

  • Province of BC and BC Housing
  • Island Health
  • City of Victoria (tax exemption)