Supportive housing is subsidized housing with on-site supports. These supports help you find and maintain housing stability.
If you're applying to supportive housing, you may require supports related to mental health and/or substance use and/or other challenges that may put you at higher risk of homelessness.
Non-profit housing providers operate supportive units that are a mix of single-room-occupancy (SRO) hotels and self-contained units. While the majority are in Metro Vancouver, there is supportive housing in other regions of B.C.
Supportive housing provides a range of on-site, non-clinical supports, such as life-skills training, and connections to primary health care, mental health or substance use services.
You may be eligible for Supportive Housing if you:
- Are a low-income adult
- Are homeless or at risk of homelessness
- Require supports with mental health and/or substance abuse
- Need support services that can help you maintain a successful tenancy
If you qualify, you could live in a private room or apartment in a building with support services. Your rent includes housing and services. Buildings and living units vary in style and size.
A typical supportive housing building includes:
- Units: a private room or a self-contained unit with a lockable door in an apartment-style building
- Private or shared bathroom and kitchen
- Access to laundry facilities
- Access to support staff
- Training for life skills, employment skills training
- Referrals to other community services
Additional services may include:
- Meal program
- On-site medical supports
How to Apply
To apply for supportive housing, you must submit an application to the Supportive Housing Registration Service. You only need to apply once.
- Get the Supportive Housing Registration Service Application form
- Complete the application form. Instructions are on the form
- Submit your completed application:
- In person: Bring your application to a BC Housing office
- By mail: The Supportive Housing Registry, BC Housing, 101-4555 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C., V5H 4V8
- By fax: 604-439-4729 (only fax pages 2, 3 and 4)
Important: Check your form before you send it to us:
- Have you completed all pages?
- Be sure to sign and date the document below the Declaration on page 4.
Note: If you already live in supportive housing and want to move, complete a Supportive Housing Registry - Transfer Request Form. Transfers to a different building are dependent on need and unit availability.
- Supportive Housing Registration Service – Lower Mainland
- Supportive Housing Registration Service – Outside the Lower Mainland
- The Supportive Housing Registry does not facilitate access to: