Finding Affordable Housing
Richmond is home to a range of affordable housing options for low and middle income households, including individuals, families, persons with disabilities, and seniors.
There are three main types of affordable housing available in Richmond:
- Non-market/subsidized housing, which offers housing units significantly below average market rents;
- Housing co-operatives, which are buildings where residents collectively manage the units; and
- Low End Market Rental (LEMR), which provides housing units for low and moderate income households.
Finding an Affordable Housing Unit
If you are in need of an affordable place to live, the following resources are available to assist in finding a housing unit:
- The City of Richmond publishes the Affordable Housing Guide, which provides a comprehensive list of affordable housing options in Richmond;
- BC Housing provides an online inventory of many affordable housing options in Richmond; and
- BC211 provides information and referrals to a range of housing options in Metro Vancouver
Low End Market Rental (LEMR) Units
In 2007, the City launched the Low-End Market Rental (LEMR) housing program, which has achieved significant success by securing more than 800 new affordable housing units for Richmond residents. LEMR units are for individuals and families with low and moderate incomes who may not be able to afford rents at typical market rates.
The map below provides the location of Low End Market Rental units in Richmond. A complete list of all LEMR units, including property manager contact information, is available in the Affordable Housing Guide. Individuals looking for LEMR unit vacancies are encouraged to search the housing section of Craigslist for affordable housing units, or to get in touch with LEMR property managers directly. Chimo Community Services may also be able to assist individuals looking for LEMR units by connecting individuals with LEMR unit vacancies.