Affordable Housing

Affordable housing in BC is housing that does not cost more than 30% of a household’s gross monthly income.  Some may also accept applicants who are also eligible for subsidized housing.  To qualify for subsidized housing, an applicant must have a gross household income that is at or below the House Income Limits. For more information, please visit the BC Housing website.
It should be noted that applying for a housing does not guarantee the applicant a spot. Generally, applicants are selected based on their date of application and according to their priority selection criteria (varies). Some applications may take as long as a year to be approve and completion of the housing application does not guarantee housing.

Emergency Shelters

>Great Vancouver Shelter Strategy: Shelter Directory
The Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy provides shelter listings for the Greater Vancouver region. Shelters are 24 hours, and provide 3 meals unless otherwise specified.

Native Housing Services

>Kekinow Native Housing Society
The Keikinow Native Housing Society offers affordable family oriented townhouse complexes in Surrey and Chilliwack to individuals of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Métis or Inuit.) Some applicants may also qualify for rent subsidy. For more information please click here.

>Lu’ma Native Housing Society
Lu’ma Native Housing Society operates over 250 different affordable housing units and offers housing to applicants whose family is at least 50% of aboriginal ancestry, which includes First Nations, Aboriginal, Inuit, and Métis of Status or Non-Status. Lu’ma does not offer emergency housing. All applicants are placed on the wait list. The housing application forms may be found here.

>Vancouver Native Housing Society
Vancouver Native Housing Society offers affordable one to four bedroom suites to a large variety of tenants including families and single parents. All applicants must be of Aboriginal ancestry, 19 years or older, and will be required to pass the tenancy reference check. The housing application forms may be found here.

 

Quality Low-Cost Family Housing

>Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society
Entre Nous Femmes Housing society is a non profit organization that provides subsidized two, three, or four bedroom housing units for families with children. Housing priority is given to those fleeing abusive situations, living in overcrowded arrangements, or paying a high percentage of their gross household income for housing. Please click here to view the housing application.

>Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
The Kiwassa Neighbourhood House organization operates two housing complexes that offer regular and subsidized family units, as well as special suites for foster families. For more information please click here.

>Mavis/McMullen Housing Society
Mavis/McMullen Housing Society offers women, their families, and pets  permanent and affordable housing in units ranging from bachelor to three bedrooms. For more information and to view the application form please click here.

>McLaren Housing Society
The McLaren Housing Society provides affordable and subsidized housing, as well as support services, to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information and to view the application form please click here.

>Mole-Hill Community Housing Society
The Mole-Hill Community Housing Society offers singles and families regular and subsidized apartments, which range from bachelor to three bedrooms. For more information and to view the application form please click here.

>More Than A Roof
More Than A Roof Mennonite Housing Society provides single parents, families, seniors, and individuals with disability or chronic mental illness with long term subsidized housing options all across BC. For more information please visit the More Than A Roof  website.

>New Chelsea Society
The New Chelsea Society offers affordable one to four bedroom apartments and townhomes to families of minimum two people. Each family must include at least one dependent child under 19 years of age. The housing properties are located in Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam and Surrey. Some properties are applicable for rental subsidies. The housing application forms may be found here.

>New Vista Society
The New Vista Society provides families, of minimum two people, with affordable townhouse units in Burnaby. For more information and to view the application form please click here.

*For more affordable family housing listings please visit the Partners in Hope website.

Second Stage/Transitional Housing

Second stage or transitional housing is aimed at single women, or women with children, who have been affected by abuse and are currently in recovery. Many of the applicants are women who are marginalized and may seek support in dealing with issues that include substance abuse, mental health difficulties, and physical illnesses.

>Atira Housing Society
The Atira Housing Society provides women and their children with a number of affordable regular and transitional housing options as well as access to health and social support services to help them develop independence, deal with life issues, and become more actively involved in their community. For more information about Atira’s housing options and support services, please click here.

>Elizabeth Fry Society: New Beginning Program
The Elizabeth Fry Society offers a number of social and legal support services and transitional housing options for single women and women with children. For more information about the services and housing options, please visit the Elizabeth Fry Society website.

>Helping Spirit Lodge Society: Spirit Way Program
The Spirit Way Program provides Aboriginal women and their families with affordable, nurturing housing for up to 18 moths. There are also a number of programs and services available to residents to help them improve their health, gain independence, overcome alcohol and drug dependence, and regain control of their lives. For more information about the program and how to apply please click here.

>Peardonville House Treatment Centre
The Peardonville House Treatment Centre provides mothers (19 years and older), and their children, with drug treatment program options with a client centered, harm reduction approach. All applicants seeking admission must be referred and should be at least 5 days abstinent upon entering the program. For more information and to view the application form please click here.

>The Bloom Group
The Bloom Group offers a transitional housing component for women and children as part of Springhouse. The suites are a mix of one, two, or three bedrooms.  Residents may participate in the transitional housing program for up to two years. During their stay, residents have access to support staff to help them deal with their life issues, as well as other communal activities.

>YWCA
The YWCA provides single mothers with a wide selection of affordable regular and transitional housing options ranging from emergency short-term accommodation to long-term family housing. For more information about the affordable housing at YWCA and its programs please click here.

 

Women and Children’s Housing

>Aboriginal Mother’s Centre
The Aboriginal Mother Centre’s Transformational Housing Program offers housing solutions for women, with children, who are at risk of homelessness or child welfare intervention. The program also provides mothers with access to licensed daycare, counseling, advocacy, and social support services. The program does not accept applicants who are currently struggling with substance misuse.

>Atira Housing Society
The Arira Housing Society provides women and their children with a number of affordable regular and transitional housing options as well as access to health and social support services to help them develop independence, deal with life issues, and become more actively involved in their community. For more information about Atira’s housing options and support services, please click here.

>YWCA: Crabtree Corner
YWCA Crabtree Corner provides a healthy and secure environment for women and
their families in the Downtown Eastside. Located in one of Canada’s most impoverished
neighbourhoods, Crabtree Corner helps women and their families improve the quality of
their lives. Helping to meet the needs of the community, Crabtree provides a range of programs and services such as a safe, affordable transitional housing, single mothers’ support group and short-term early learning and child care.

>YWCA
The YWCA provides single mothers with a wide selection of affordable regular and transitional housing options ranging from emergency short-term accommodation to long-term family housing. For more information about the affordable housing at YWCA and its programs please click here.

 

Other Housing Resources

>Carnegie Community Centre
The staff at Carnegie Community Centre provides residents of the Downtown Eastside with a number of services, including homelessness outreach and housing advocacy, which may include conflict resolution with a landlord.

>Partners In Hope
Partners In Hope is not a housing association, but their website is a great resource for up-to date, affordable housing listings in the Greater Vancouver Region.

 Other BC Housing Associations and Resources:

 

 

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