Supportive housing assists people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and creates successful tenancies and healthier communities.
What is supportive housing?
Supportive housing is for British Columbians experiencing or at risk of homelessness with varying health and personal challenges and needs. People experiencing homelessness are not a homogenous group, and have had different pathways into homelessness, that’s why supportive housing tailors its response to clients, to help them maintain their housing.
Non-profit housing operators provide 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.
How residents are selected
Residents are assessed through the Vulnerability Assessment Tool, which helps determine the support services they need to remain housed and live a more healthy, stable life, while also ensuring a healthy tenant mix within a building.
BC Housing, service providers, and housing operators work together to ensure the needs of a resident are well matched to the types of support services provided. This process reduces the number of times an individual applies for housing, or is assessed.
Some potential residents have complex health issues or other needs that require higher levels of support to maintain their housing. These issues can include medical problems, depression, criminal history or hoarding. However, the common thread with all residents in supportive housing is that they have made the choice to work towards living a healthy, stable life.