Housing Resources

Affordable housing is a major issue for many people in the lower mainland. For single parents it is a fine line between homelessness and uninhabitable, illegal suites.  Single parents receiving MSD are limited in their rental choices as shelter supports are unrealistic for the housing market in the lower mainland today.

Further to this is the fact that many landlords and property management companies will not accept MSD clients. We have provided a sample list of housing providers that offer subsidized or affordable housing solutions.  Please contact these service providers directly for more information.

Note:  Many of these organizations have very long wait lists and specific criteria to qualify. Regardless, we encourage you to apply and keep your information up-to-date.  In some cases your application will be fast tracked. Please contact their offices directly to enquire about your unique situation.

The Residential Tenancy Branch provides landlords and tenants with information and dispute resolution services. The information on this web site will help you understand your rights and responsibilities under British Columbia's Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act.

TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre provides tenants with legal education and information about residential tenancy law through our tenant Infoline (604-255-0546 or 1-800-665-1185), website, social media platforms, multilingual publications, and legal education workshops. We provide input about residential tenancy law into other organizations’ legal resources and train advocates on how to best serve clients dealing with tenancy problems. We also work with all levels of government, the media, other community organizations and the general public to promote the legal protection of tenants and the availability of affordable rental housing. TRAC is currently unable to accommodate drop-in visits.

Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation (MVHC) owns and operates 50 plus affordable rental housing sites across the Lower Mainland, providing housing for more than 10,000 people.  Our vibrant housing communities are a diverse mix of families, seniors and people with disabilities.  We offer housing for a mixed range of incomes.  Rents vary from competitive market rates to assisted rents for those with lower incomes.  Properties have spacious well maintained grounds, many in beautiful park like settings; most are close to transit, schools, community/recreation centres and shopping.

The society has a portfolio of 49 projects/3,112 units in 13 municipalities, all located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Most of the projects are funded under Federal and/or Provincial government programs so that some or all of the tenants pay rent based on their income. The society does not provide support services though tenants at a few projects can access services on site from other agencies. The family projects all have playground equipment for the enjoyment of the children. The family and seniors projects have amenity rooms for the residents' use.

BC Housing’s role is to assist British Columbians in greatest need of affordable and appropriate housing by providing options along the continuum. The housing continuum extends from emergency shelter and housing for the homeless through to affordable rental housing and homeownership. Where there are gaps in the housing continuum, they are addressed through the creation of new housing options or by adapting existing housing.

Housing co-ops are mixed communities. Members of housing co-ops come from a variety of backgrounds and have a range of incomes. Some members pay the full housing charge. This is often called a "market" housing charge. Other members with lower incomes pay less. This is usually called a subsidized housing charge or rent-geared-to-income.

Are you looking for rental or shared accommodation? Use this resource to find apartments, condos, townhouses, rooms, homes for rent or other market rental properties. Search Vancouver apartment classifieds from all over the web in one convenient location on our PIH Housing Search. We are not a real estate agency. We are a non-profit organisation bringing you this service to the community for free! Our aim is to serve the community and advocate for affordable housing.

Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements.

Kijiji is a centralized network of online urban communities for posting local online classifieds.

TIP:  Search Craigslist by adding minimum rent amount, by location and photos.

NOTE:  When using Craigslist and Kijiji, we ask clients to be cautious. There are a number of scams, phishing and spam related postings.  Be careful about giving out your personal details to "anonymous" ads. Research the company name and be sure you are communicating with a direct representative. Never give out your SIN, DOB, cash payments or cheques, without a formal rental agreement and receipt.