Types of Affordable HousingA community should include an appropriate mix of housing choice for a diversity of households. The housing continuum is a useful framework that identifies this spectrum of choices including homeownership and rental, as well as government supported housing such as shelter, transitional, and non-market housing.
There are a variety of types of affordable housing in Richmond that help to support the diverse needs of residents. Please see the links below for contact information and how to apply.
Please note: The City of Richmond does not own or manage any of the affordable housing units in Richmond.
Transitional and Supportive Housing
Transitional housing includes the provision of support services, in which residents may stay temporarily. Please visit BC Housing for more information about transitional and supportive housing available in Metro Vancouver.
Non-Market (Subsidized) Rental
There are non-market rental units created outside of City policy. Eligibility requirements and rents vary between the different developments, which are owned by organizations such as BC Housing and other non-profit societies. For more information on non-market rental units throughout Richmond, see the Affordable Housing Guide, including contact information for each housing development.
The BC Housing Registry is a centralized waitlist for subsidized rental housing in BC for families, seniors, persons with disabilities, singles/couples, and individuals who are Aboriginal. To learn how to apply, please visit BC Housing.
Through the Affordable Housing Strategy, the City has secured 477 of non-market (subsidized) housing. To learn more, visit the Housing Projects page.
A housing co-operative is a non-profit organization whose members collectively own and manage a multi-family development. Co-ops often include some subsidized units, whose tenants pay a rent of 30% their household income on housing costs.
There are numerous group homes in Richmond. Group homes provide short and long-term living arrangements, affordable and safe housing, skills training, peer support and counselling, and an opportunity for people in care or recovery to live independently within their community.
Low-End Market Rental (LEMR)
In exchange for a density bonus, new residential developments that contain more than 60 units are required to dedicate a minimum 10% of their total residential floor space as LEMR units. These units have maximum monthly rents and household income thresholds, which may be adjusted subject to Council approval.
Information on LEMR units in Richmond that may have availability can be found in the Affordable Housing Guide. As the City does not own or manage any of these units, you will need to contact each property manager directly to see if there is availability.
BC Housing provides rental assistance through two programs to make market rents more affordable to low-income households:
1. Working families with children
For eligibility criteria and the application process, visit BC Housing