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 Indigenous) – 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.

Building supportive housing throughout Vancouver

Permanent supportive housing

Vancouver has added 1,400 new supportive housing units in the City's inventory, as part of our efforts to end street homelessness.

Apply for supportive housing

Supportive housing is available for low income adults who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, and need help living independently.

Supportive housing for seniors

Learn how the City helps develop supportive housing for seniors, and find an apartment for a senior.

Get the facts on supportive housing

New supportive housing projects do not affect local property values or crime rates. Get the facts about supportive housing in your neighbourhood.

Temporary modular housing

Get details about the temporary modular housing we're building on vacant and underused sites for lower-income and homeless residents.