Module 2: How Housing Works in BC
In the Positive Living, Positive Homes (PLPH) study about housing and health, we asked people living with HIV about their experiences in navigating the housing market. Many people talked about their experiences applying for subsidized housing or other types of housing supports.
Many people in the study had good experiences finding subsidized housing. These folks generally had help with their housing search, made use of resources and supports, and received help filling out applications.
But some people found the process difficult and frustrating. A few said they didn’t even apply because they figured that they would fall through the cracks because of long waitlists. This suggests that while people want to get housing, the system can make it challenging to succeed.
In This Module:
This module provides a simple guide to housing in BC by exploring the following. Click to jump to a section or scroll down for all information.
|What types of housing are there?|
|What is BC Housing’s role?
|How does housing work with income assistance?
|Tips for applying for subsidized housing|
Further Reading and Resources:
- Applying for Subsidized Housing (government brochure)
- Welfare Benefits (Legal Services Society booklet)
- Income Assistance on Reserve in British Columbia (Legal Services Society booklet)
- Get help applying for disability assistance from the Disability Alliance of BC or British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society
- Find support by searching PovNet
- BC Housing application for subsidized housing