Supportive Housing

Supportive housing is subsidized housing with on-site supports. These supports help you find and maintain housing stability.

About

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

Available Services

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.

  1. Get the  Supportive Housing Registration Service Application form
  2. Complete the application form. Instructions are on the form
  3. 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.

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