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Housing and homelessness

2014 Housing Report Card

By City of Vancouver

View our progress over the last three years to enable, create, and protect housing for residents of all income levels.

  • Supportive housing

    By City of Vancouver

    1,700 units have opened since 2010 with 439 units opened in 2014 alone.

  • Rental housing

    By City of Vancouver

    Nearly 10,000 units are in development (supportive, social, and market rental units, and laneway houses and secondary suites) from our policies and partnerships.

  • Map of new rental housing units in development

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  • Housing starts that are rentals

    By City of Vancouver

    20% of housing starts in 2010-2014 are rental units, up from 5% in 2005-2009.

  • Affordable housing

    By City of Vancouver

    Our 2015-2018 Capital Plan is investing an unprecedented $125 million in affordable housing.

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    By City of Vancouver

    View the entire 2014 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

What's on this page

  • Housing questionnaires, news, and events
  • Homeless, tenant, and developer resources
  • Affordable housing strategies and agencies

Stay informed on housing

News about housing

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.

Rowhouses in Vancouver

City releases comprehensive study on empty homes

March 8 2016 - How many empty homes are in Vancouver and has the amount changed in recent years? Read the study findings and learn our next steps.

Court rules in favour of plans for 178 secured market rental housing units in the West End

February 16 2016 - Twenty-six of the units in the proposed rezoning of 1754-1772 Pendrell St would have rents secured for 30 years at 20% below the average market rent in the West End.

Downtown Eastside Plan delivers first project with 60% social housing requirement

January 25 2016 - The City's Development Permit Board approved a new development in the DTES with 172 housing units. Learn about the building and housing requirements.

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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