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In response to the housing crisis, we are resetting our Housing and Homelessness Strategy to better meet your needs

Vancouver is a vibrant city full of diverse, connected communities. Today, however, our neighborhoods are at risk.

As housing in Vancouver is increasingly unaffordable for our residents, we are taking bold strides forward with new initiatives to serve the needs of our residents – now and into the future 

We are dedicated to ensuring every person who wants to call Vancouver home has access to the housing they need. 

Housing Vancouver Strategy

Housing Vancouver will be our new 10-year strategy to improve housing affordability.

Our new strategy will create the right types of homes to meet the needs of the people who live and work in Vancouver. 

Help shape the new housing strategy

The Big Conversation - the future of housing in Vancouver

Weigh in about your housing needs, your values, and what you think the future of Vancouver housing should look like. 

Register for the conversation

Complete the online questionnaire 

Can't make it to the conversation? Take our online questionnaire until June 19, 2017.

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View the information boards on our strategy  (1.9 MB)

Our new priorities

Housing Vancouver Strategy

Our new strategy will address housing affordability over the next 10 years. Learn more and get involved.

News about housing

Addressing homelessness

Our next steps to address homelessness, help SRO tenants

April 11 2017 - We have increased our response to address homelessness in the past year, and will take even further action throughout 2017 as high housing costs, near-zero rental vacancy, and frozen welfare rates continue to impact residents.

New seniors centre

City funds the creation of a new seniors centre

April 11 2017 - The centre will provide much needed services in an area of Vancouver's largest seniors' populations living alone or in poverty.

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Downtown Eastside Plan update highlights ongoing progress for the community

April 6 2017 - We've been carrying out the DTES Plan for three years. Check our progress on investing in the DTES economy, community, culture, housing, and public spaces.

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New approach looks at building the right housing supply

March 24 2017 - We are pursuing several new priorities to deliver greater volumes and more varied housing supply across the city.


Housing programs and resources

Find rental properties with health or safety issues

Look up residential rental buildings in Vancouver with health, safety, maintenance, tidiness, and other issues. The database lists buildings with issues that are unresolved or were resolved in the last 12 months.

Homelessness and low-income resources

Find shelters, financial aid, low-cost meals and recreation, and community centres that serve low-income residents.

Social- and market rental housing

Resources for tenants and developers of social housing, co-op housing, and market rental housing.

Supportive housing

Learn about supportive housing to help people who are homeless or at-risk to lead stable, independent, and connected lives.

Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency

Uses City- and partner-owned land for new housing projects with more types of home options and greater affordability than the private market.

Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability

The Task Force recommended bold and practical ways to improve housing affordability for low- to moderate-income households.

Related policies

Housing options for families

The Housing Mix Policy for Rezoning Projects is another step towards increasing the supply of family homes.

Rental standards database

About our initiative to create an online database of rental buildings and their compliance with health and safety bylaws.

Winter Response Shelter Strategy

The City is working with the Province to provide cold-weather shelter, and connect homeless people to community resources.

Sign up for updates

Sign up for information on upcoming public events and activities that will help shape the new strategy to address affordable housing in Vancouver.

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