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2015 Housing Report Card

View our five years of progress on the 10-year Housing and Homelessness Strategy (2012-2021).

2015 Housing Report Card

City Council's mission is to create a city of communities that cares about its people, its environment, and the opportunities to live, work, and prosper.

How we're doing this

City staff are working with other city departments, community partners, and all levels of government, to:

  • Leverage the City's assets to build more affordable housing
  • Build additional supportive housing for our most vulnerable citizens
  • Target shelters, and supportive and social housing to underserved neighbourhoods
  • Enhance support to renters
  • Increase the opportunities for renters to become homeowners

On this page

  1. Housing news and events
  2. Homeless, tenant, and developer resources
  3. Affordable housing strategies and agencies

Stay informed on housing

News about housing

Illustration of family-housing development at 2910 East Kent Ave S

Vancouver Land Trust partnership to create 358 units of affordable housing on City-owned sites

May 25 2016 - Families and seniors in need of affordable housing will benefit from the new rental and co-op homes in Kensington and Killarney, available in 2017 and 2018.

Couple facing home

2015 Vancouver Housing Report Card

May 11 2016 - We're halfway into our 10-year Housing and Homelessness Strategy and have invested over $600 million in affordable housing so far and created major protections for renters. Find out our focus for the next five years to face affordability challenges.

Empty room

We want your opinion on actions to address empty homes

May 2 2016 - You're invited to participate in a survey on possible government actions to discourage empty homes in Vancouver.

Keep your family and home safe by booking a home safety check

Council approves Affordable Home Ownership Pilot Program in principle

April 21 2016 - The pilot program aims to let young families that aspire to own a home to enter the housing market for the first time, and put down roots to live and thrive in Vancouver.

Vancouver's housing profile

Get an overview of the City’s housing stock, trends, market rates, tenure, demographics, and needs with the annual Housing Characteristics Fact Sheet.

Housing Characteristics Fact Sheet

Find safe, supportive, and affordable housing

Check a rental building's maintenance record

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.

Homeless and low-income resources

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

Supportive housing

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

Social- and market rental housing

Find and apply for social- and co-op housing. Read guidelines to develop social housing. Learn our work to expand and maintain rental housing.

Follow our work to increase affordable housing

Vancouver's housing strategy

Council is committed to ending street homelessness by 2015, and increasing affordable housing choices for all residents of the city.

Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency

The Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) is working to create 2,500 new affordable homes in Vancouver by 2021.

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.

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