British Columbia Subsidized Housing Options

Subsidized housing in British Columbia provides a range of housing options to help those most in need. It includes all types of social housing supported by the provincial, municipal and federal governments as well as by non-profit housing societies. It also includes rental assistance for people living in private market housing. 

Subsidized housing developments are for people with low to moderate incomes, including seniors, people with mental or physical disabilities, individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, women and children fleeing abusive relationships, Aboriginal people, and low-income families. Below is a list of BC’s subsidized housing programs: 

Public housing
Housing owned and managed by BC Housing, which is responsible for tenant selection and is the landlord. 

Non-profit housing
Housing owned and managed by local non-profit housing societies. The non-profit housing provider is responsible for tenant selection and is the landlord.

Housing managed by the members who live there. Members share responsibility for running the development and for new member selection. 

Seniors’ Supportive Housing
Provides specially modified homes in selected subsidized housing developments to seniors who need some assistance to continue to live independently. Tenants receive support services such as 24-hour response, light housekeeping, meals, and social and recreational activities. 

Independent Living BC
Provides assisted living homes for seniors and people with disabilities who have been assessed by their local health authority. Tenants need a higher level of care than people living in Seniors’ Supportive Housing but do not yet need 24-hour residential care. 

Rent assistance for seniors
Private market rent assistance for eligible low-income seniors is available through the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program. 

Rent assistance for low-income working families
Private market rent assistance for eligible low-income working families is available through the Rental Assistance Program.


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