British Columbia Seniors Housing Programs

Home Adaptations For Independence

This program provides financial assistance for home modifications that improve accessibility and promote safe and independent living.

The eligibility requires a low-income person with a permanent disability or diminished ability, living in own home or in market rental accommodation.  If you are a tenant living in market rental accommodation, your landlord will need to apply on your behalf.

The Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities in British Columbia to continue to live in the comfort of their home.

As your physical needs change, so too does the need to modify your home environment. Adapting a home improves accessibility and promotes safe and independent living.

Even small home adaptations can make a big difference in the lives of people who wish to remain in their homes longer.

If you or a member of your family is having difficulty performing day-to-day activities independently and safely – the HAFI program may be able to help.

Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters (SAFER)

This program provides a monthly cash payments to subsidize rent minimum 60 years of age, pay more than 30% of gross monthly income towards rent, meet citizenship requirements and have lived in BC for the full 12 months preceding application.

The Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program helps make rents affordable for BC seniors with low to moderate incomes. SAFER provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents who are age 60 or over and who pay rent for their homes. BC Housing provides SAFER subsidies to more than 15,000 senior households renting apartments in the private market, including singles, couples and people sharing a unit.

Assisted Living

This program provides housing with supports, middle option between home care and residential care.

To be eligible, the admissions are the responsibility of local health authority. To learn more about assisted living opportunities in your community, contact your local health authority for assessment.

Assisted living units are for seniors and people with disabilities who require some support, but do not need 24-hour institutional care. Assisted living offers a middle option to bridge the gap between home care and residential care by providing:

  • Accommodation
  • Hospitality services such as meals, housekeeping, laundry, recreational opportunities and 24-hour response
  • Personal care services such as assistance with grooming, mobility and medications

Eligible seniors pay 70% of their after-tax income to live in these units. Only seniors in need of additional support to remain independent may be eligible.  To be considered for assisted living, candidates must first be assessed, then referred through their local health authority. Click here for a list of locations of assisted living developments created through and funded by the Independent Living BC program.


  • Admissions are the responsibility of the health authority. You need to contact your local health authorities. Individuals cannot apply directly to an assisted living development.
  • The health authority’s Case Managers will work with you to find out if assisted living works best for your needs.
  • If you are a current client of health services at home, discuss the assisted living option with your current Case Manager.

Phone numbers are listed by service area on each health authority website:

Seniors’ Supportive Housing

This program provides 24-hour response, light housekeeping, meals, social & recreational activities in specially modified rental homes.

The Seniors’ Supportive Housing program provides specially modified rental homes, in selected subsidized housing developments, primarily to low-income seniors or people with disabilities who need some assistance in order to continue to live independently. Support services include 24-hour response, light housekeeping, meals, and social and recreational activities.

You are eligible for Seniors’ Supportive Housing if:

  • you are a low-income senior or person with disabilities who would benefit from an accessible home
  • you require some support services to continue to live independently
  • you are able to manage your own lifestyle
Seniors’ Rental Housing

This program provides long-term housing with both rent geared to income and affordable rental options available.

You are eligible if you are a minimum 55 years of age or a person with disabilities, must  permanently reside in British Columbia when applying,  and have a gross household income below the program income threshold.

The Seniors’ Rental Housing initiative is an affordable housing option for British Columbians age 55 and older or for persons with disabilities. Approximately 40 developments are under construction and opening soon around the province providing new one-bedroom apartments for individuals who are still able to live independently with an option for staying in the community they know and love. These units have been made more affordable through contributions from all three levels of government.  Most low-income seniors and persons with disabilities will pay 30% of the household income on rent. However, as there is no ongoing operating subsidy, the non-profit operators also offer housing units to those at a higher range of income levels to ensure that they are able to meet their operating costs.

Eligible individuals

  •  seniors age 55 and older who are able to live independently
  •  couples where at least one person is age 55 or older
  •  eligible adults with disabilities under age 55

Available options for the Seniors’ Rental Housing initiative are determined by tenant income. Seniors with an income lower than the SRH Housing Income Limits  provided below:

  • Lower Mainland – $52,800
  • Southern BC- $51,700
  • Vancouver Island- $51,700
  • Northern BC- $44,000

Rent geared to income, based on 30% of total income. Seniors with a higher range of income (the maximum household income limit cannot exceed $64,999. This moderate income limit is subject to review on an annual basis.). Rates are fixed rate for their rent.

Subsidized Housing

This program provides long-term housing with rent geared to income.

You are eligible if you are a minimum 55 years of age or a person with disabilities, must  permanently reside in British Columbia when applying, and have a  gross household income below the program income threshold.

Follow the links below to get step-by-step directions for applying to subsidized housing:


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