Housing Support Resources

“My family lives in another country, so I have no one in Canada. The staff cares and makes me feel like I have a family.”

Support for Women

Atira– Stopping the Violence Counselling Program
Provides group support, individual support, and crisis line

Women Against Violence Against Women– Rape Crisis Centre
Provides many services

Battered Women’s Support Services
Provides many services

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Resource Guide
Includes Basic Needs, Health, Addiction Services, Survivor Services, Counselling, Employment Programs, Legal Services, and many more

Legal Services Society – Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse – PDF

Stopping the Violence Counselling Program Contact List (includes many locations) – PDF

Links for Homeless Prevention Program

Housing Resource Providers

Homeless Prevention Program Providers
Website specifying organizations that provide HPP, and client group for each organization.

Transition Houses in BC
List of transition houses across BC.

Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
Affordable rent program for working low income (gross household income of $35,000 or less) families with at least one dependent child.

BC Housing – Subsidized Housing
Website specifying criteria and application procedure for subsidized housing.

Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER)
Affordable rent program for BC seniors (over 60 years of age) with low to moderate incomes.

Market Housing Information
BC Residential Tenancy – Information for tenants and landlords
Information Sheets in different languages for tenants and landlords regarding everything involved in a tenancy.

Renting it Right Online Course
Free online course to help tenants and landlords understand rights and responsibilities.

Low Income Resources

Medical Service Plan (MSP) Premium Assistance
Website explaining criteria to apply for MSP premium assistance, both regular and temporary.

BC Society of Transition Houses – Special Projects

Information of programs provided for women fleeing domestic violence.
List of providers of free legal services and advice.

Rise – Women’s Legal Centre
Free legal centre providing a variety of services for women.

Food Banks BC – Find closest food bank
Find your closest Food Bank.

Affordable food for individuals facing food security challenges.
Referral Form

Helping Families In Need
Free used household items, including furniture with a referral.
Referral Form

W.R.A.G.S. Program – Provide Mattresses
Provide free (with referral from Income Assistance) or affordable lightly used mattresses.