Links of interest for people with a disability seeking housing. You will find many more links and resources at each of these sites:
Government of BC program that recognizes even small home adaptations can make a big difference in the
lives of people who wish to remain in their homes longer.
If you or a member of your family is having difficulty performing day-to-day activities independently and safely – the HAFI program may be able to help.
Note that to be eligible for grants to make an improvement your house must be worth less than lot value – who sets these ridiculous limits anyways?
SCI BC (formerly BC Paraplegic Association) has a new website dedicated to finding accessible housing.
Beyond the obvious listings there are resources on how to apply for housing while on PWD – see the guide – as well as a good primer on co-ops. Check it out: http://sci-bc-housing.ca/
The Rental Assistance Program through BC Housing provides eligible low-income, working families with cash assistance to help with their monthly rent payments.
To qualify, families must have a gross household income of $35,000 or less, have at least one dependent child, and have been employed at some point over the last year.
- The maximum income level has been increased to $35,000
- The maximum rent ceiling has been increased
- The maximum benefit has been increased
- There is a minimum benefit amount of $50/month or $600/year
- Families whose youngest children are over 19 may now still qualify for the program, if the child is under 25 and enrolled in full-time attendance at school, university or vocational institution or if the child of any age is acccepted as a dependent for income tax purposed to mental or physical infirmity.
For more information on the Rental Assistance Program, call BC Housing at 604-433-2218, or 1-800-257-7756 outside the Lower Mainland. Email inquiries can be sent to Applicantinquiries@bchousing.org