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Healthy City Strategy goal 2: A home for everyone
Goal 2: A home for everyone

A home for everyone

Our goal: A range of affordable housing choices is available for all Vancouverites
Total sheltered and street homeless persons counted in the 2016 homeless count

Having a place to call home gives us a sense of security, control, belonging, identity, and privacy. There has been some progress toward affordable housing targets, though more work remains. Vancouver is less affordable than other cities, and rental vacancy rates are lower.

Considerations for this goal include:

  • Homelessness and related physical and mental health issues
  • Housing affordability
Our targets: End street homelessness, enable 2,900 new supportive housing units, and add 5,000 new social housing units

Progress we've made so far


TOTAL: 12,193

Source: City of Vancouver, Housing Policy and Projects, 2016.

Households spending 30% or more of income on housing

Sheltered and unsheltered homeless

New supportive, social, secured rental and secondary rental housing units

Note One supportive housing project previously reported is now on hold.


The Strategy has three key strategic directions:

  1. To increase the supply of affordable housing;
  2. to encourage a housing mix across all neighbourhoods that enhances quality of life; and
  3. to provide strong leadership and support partners to enhance housing stability.

Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets

Housing Vancouver strategy

Our new 10-year strategy will address housing affordability and the supply of 72,000 homes that our residents need.

Neighbourhood planning projects

Community plans are important road maps that provide clear but flexible frameworks to guide positive change and development in neighbourhoods

Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018

See what we've got planned to help meet our goals. 

Download the plan  

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