Supportive housing for homeless and at-risk residents
Increasing supportive housing in neighbourhoods with significant homeless populations - while targetting specific populations (such as youth, women, and urban Aboriginal) - is a current Council priority.
What is supportive housing?
Supportive housing is affordable housing that also provides access to support staff.
Supports help tenants stabilize their lives, enhance their independent living skills, and reconnect with their communities.
The services provided to tenants are flexible, and vary from building to building. Some services are provided by on-site staff, and some services are delivered through outreach programs.
Types of supportive housing
There are several forms of supportive housing available:
- Buildings where all of the units are supportive (dedicated)
- Social housing buildings where some of the units are supportive (mixed)
- In scattered market apartments with rent supplements
The City's supportive housing strategy builds on policies developed by Vancouver Coastal Health, and focuses on housing for people with mental illness or addictions. This includes low barrier housing for people who may not be undergoing treatment.