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Housing and homelessness

City Council's mission is to create a city of communities that cares about its people, its environment, and the opportunities to live, work, and prosper.

How we're doing this

City staff are working with other city departments, community partners, and all levels of government, to:

  • Leverage the City's assets to build more affordable housing
  • Build additional supportive housing for our most vulnerable citizens
  • Target shelters, and supportive and social housing to underserved neighbourhoods
  • Enhance support to renters
  • Increase the opportunities for renters to become homeowners

On this page

  1. Housing news and events
  2. Homeless, tenant, and developer resources
  3. Affordable housing strategies and agencies

2015 Housing Report Card

2015 Housing Report Card

View our five years of progress on the 10-year Housing and Homelessness Strategy (2012-2021)

2016 Actions on Homelessness

Read the 2016 Actions on Homelessness brochure

Read our summary findings from the 2016 Homeless Count, actions to date on housing and shelters, and a snapshot of our next steps.

Stay informed on housing

News about housing

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New approach looks at building the right housing supply

March 24 2017 - We are pursuing several new priorities to deliver greater volumes and more varied housing supply across the city.

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Reminder for owners of Vancouver’s empty and under-utilized homes

March 9 2017 - We are reminding homeowners that non-principal residences must be rented out for at least six months in 2017 or they will be subject to the newly-introduced Empty Homes Tax.

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City improving permit process to be more responsive, service oriented

March 7 2017 - We have made significant investments in improving development processes and wait times to improve workflow and overall customer experience in 2016. Learn more.

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Character Home Zoning Review directions look to add housing and incentives to retain older homes

March 7 2017 - City staff provided an update to Council today that summarized the main highlights of what we’ve heard over the past several years.


2016 Homeless Count Report PDF file (1.3 MB)

Annual 24-hour snapshot and analysis of people in Vancouver that are homeless on the street and in shelters

2015 Housing Report Card: Part 1 (1.3 MB) and Part 2 (4.2 MB)

Reports of the City's progress towards the Housing & Homelessness Strategy (2012-2021) targets to date.

2015 SRA Replacement, Renewal and Change report PDF file (3.6 MB)

Biennial inventory and analysis of Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing stock, including quantity, vacancy rates, and rents 

2015 Housing Characteristics Fact Sheet PDF file (470 KB)

Overview of the City’s housing stock, trends, market rates, tenure, demographics, and needs

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Find safe, supportive, and affordable housing

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Find rental properties with health or safety issues

Look up residential rental buildings in Vancouver with health, safety, maintenance, tidiness, and other issues. The database lists buildings with issues that are unresolved or were resolved in the last 12 months.

Homeless and low-income resources

Find shelters, financial aid, low-cost meals and recreation, and community centres that serve low-income residents.

Supportive housing

Learn about supportive housing to help people who are homeless or at-risk to lead stable, independent, and connected lives.

Social- and market rental housing

Find resources for tenants and developers of social housing, co-op housing, and market rental housing. Learn what we're doing to expand rental housing.

Follow our work to increase affordable housing

Housing options for families

The Housing Mix Policy for Rezoning Projects is another step towards increasing the supply of family homes.

Vancouver's housing strategy

Council is committed to ending street homelessness and increasing affordable housing choices for all residents of the city.

Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency

Uses City- and partner-owned land for new housing projects with more types of home options and greater affordability than the private market.

Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability

The Task Force recommended bold and practical ways to improve housing affordability for low- to moderate-income households.

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