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Housing and homelessness

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

2015 Housing Report Card

2015 Housing Report Card

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

2016 Actions on Homelessness

Read the 2016 Actions on Homelessness brochure

Read our summary findings from the 2016 Homeless Count, actions to date on housing and shelters, and a snapshot of our next steps.

Stay informed on housing

News about housing

Landlord BC

Vancouver joins with LandlordBC to assist property owners affected by Empty Homes Tax

December 5 2016 - Access the top resource for owners and managers of rental housing, save on joining the Landlord Registry, and register for a Landlord 101 webinar.

Person on street

Extreme weather alert Dec 4 - 8, 2016

December 5 2016 - An extreme weather alert (EWA) is being issued for December 4 to 8 due to overnight temperatures at or below 0°C. Get a list of extra shelter spaces during the EWA.

Fire Hall No. 5

City breaks ground on Fire Hall No. 5 and YWCA Pacific Spirit Terrace

November 28 2016 - On November 28 we broke ground on the innovative Fire Hall No. 5 and YWCA Pacific Spirit Terrace, which will provide 31 new homes for single mothers and their children.

Family laughing with mom and two children

Canada's new National Housing Strategy an opportunity to address housing crisis

November 22 2016 - Get the highlights of our recommendations to the National Housing Strategy, and read our full submission to the national Let's Talk Housing consultation.

Reports

2016 Homeless Count Report PDF file (1.3 MB)

Annual 24-hour snapshot and analysis of people in Vancouver that are homeless on the street and in shelters

2015 Housing Report Card: Part 1 (1.3 MB) and Part 2 (4.2 MB)

Reports of the City's progress towards the Housing & Homelessness Strategy (2012-2021) targets to date.

2015 SRA Replacement, Renewal and Change report PDF file (3.6 MB)

Biennial inventory and analysis of Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing stock, including quantity, vacancy rates, and rents 

2015 Housing Characteristics Fact Sheet PDF file (470 KB)

Overview of the City’s housing stock, trends, market rates, tenure, demographics, and needs

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 resources for tenants and developers of social housing, co-op housing, and market rental housing. Learn what we're doing to expand rental housing.

Follow our work to increase affordable housing

Housing options for families

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

Vancouver's housing strategy

Council is committed to ending street homelessness 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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