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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

Doors open for Vancouver's first temporary modular housing development

February 16 2017 - Learn about this innovative building solution that provides interim homes for 40 male and female residents on low- and fixed-income.

Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency logo

Changes to implementation of affordable housing in Vancouver

February 1 2017 - City Manager Sadhu Johnston leads the Housing Leadership Table to prioritize major housing projects. Chief Housing Officer Mukhtar Latif leaves the City.

Apartments in the Vancouver's West End

City takes significant steps in providing affordable housing in 2016

December 28 2016 - In 2016, we took many actions to address housing affordability and to boost rental housing supply in Vancouver.

Province and City of Vancouver partner to provide winter shelters

City and Province partner to extend 85 Extreme Weather shelter spaces

December 22 2016 - The shelter spaces at Serena's, Salvation Army Harbour Light, and Catholic Charities will stay open until the end of January, longer if the cold persists.


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

Apartment building

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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