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Housing and homelessness

What do you think about housing in Vancouver? Take our questionnaire

We're three years into carrying out our Housing and Homelessness Strategy to create housing solutions that work for all residents.

We've heard from you that housing is a key concern

Tell us about your housing needs and aspirations in a 10-minute questionnaire by October 16.

You may be asked about family housing, rental housing, and homelessness.

Be part of the conversation: Talk housing with us!

Take our questionnaire

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

    By City of Vancouver

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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.

  • Learn more

    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

1335 Howe Street

Update on the reoccupation of supportive housing at 1335 Howe Street

September 3 2015 - Residents return home today after building repairs from flooding. A temporary generator will supply power until damaged electrical transformers are fixed. To ease the transition home, tenants will receive support from the food bank and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Apartment building

Creating rental units remains high priority for City of Vancouver

August 14 2015 - With low vacancy rates and a growing population, learn about the actions we're taking to create and protect rental housing. And if you're moving, look up your next home's safety and maintenance record in our Rental Standards Database.

Aaron Munro of RainCity Housing

2015 Homeless levels decrease slightly - We take further action to protect SRO housing stock

July 7 2015 - Today, Council considered amendments to the Single Room Accommodation Bylaw to better protect low-income tenants facing displacement, improve conditions, and maintain affordability in Vancouver’s low-income Single Room Occupancy housing stock.

Downtown Skyline

Community benefits from development - improving neighbourhoods and enabling affordable housing in Vancouver

June 4 2015 - Two annual reports on public benefit contributions made by development will be presented to Council on June 10: the 2014 Annual Report on Development Cost Levies, and the 2014 Annual Report on Community Amenity Contributions and Density Bonusing.

Upcoming housing events

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Get ready for Homelessness Action Week in October

The City is committed to ending street homelessness

Homelessness Action Week

We work with community groups and other governments to raise awareness on homelessness issues and rally local solutions through events, initiatives, and grants. Homelessness Action Week takes place October 11 to 17, 2015.

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.

Resources for homeless residents

Homeless and low-income resources

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

Housing the homeless and at-risk

Supportive housing

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

Resources for renters

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

A home for everyone

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.

Last modified: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:10:58

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