Vancouver Rent Bank

COVID-19 update: Rent Bank access

March 20, 2020: To help keep the community safe, the Vancouver Rent Bank drop-in is closed for in-person visits until further notice. They are accepting online applications.

The Rent Bank is receiving a high volume of requests at this time and staff will respond to inquiries as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.

We are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on renters. We're working with Landlord BC, TRAC, Vancouver Rent Bank, and other tenant advocates to encourage senior governments to ensure renters are protected with financial relief and necessary supports.

The Vancouver Rent Bank (VRB) aims to increase housing stability by preventing evictions or the loss of essential utilities.


The Vancouver Rent Bank provides assistance to eligible families and individuals who meet low-income requirements and are at risk of eviction or essential utility disconnection due to a temporary shortage of funds.

They provide:

  • One-time interest-free loans to low-income people in temporary financial crisis
  • Advocacy and referral services


The Vancouver Rent Bank is funded by the:

  • City of Vancouver
  • Streetohome Foundation
  • Vancouver Foundation


Program partners have also agreed to support the initiative through expertise and other services.

  • Vancity will provide micro-loans advice to help facilitate the approval process
  • BC Hydro Power Smart kits will be provided to eligible clients to help reduce overall expenses and energy consumption
  • UBC Department of Economics will help with data collection and analysis
  • The Network of Inner City Community Services Society (NICCSS) will administer the Rent Bank

Visit the VRB website

Contact the Vancouver Rent Bank


Find help

BC211's Redbook is a complete online directory of programs and services in Vancouver for homeless and under-housed residents.