With the cost of housing rising, it is important that the Province take action to prevent at-risk British Columbians from becoming homeless.
The Homelessness Prevention Program helps British Columbians in at-risk groups that are facing homelessness by providing portable rent supplements to help them access rental housing in the private market. The program assists:
- Youth transitioning out of foster care.
- Women that have experienced violence or are at risk of violence.
- People leaving the correctional and hospital systems.
- Individuals of Aboriginal descent.
Support services are provided to ensure enhanced access to housing and community-based services. In many instances, the Homeless Prevention Program operates as an enhancement to the existing provincially funded Homeless Outreach and Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Programs. It targets people at transition points that put them at great risk of homelessness.
The Province, through BC Housing, works with non-profit providers that meet specific program criteria to implement the program. The portion of funding allocated to enhance work with Aboriginal non-profit organizations and individuals will be transferred to the Aboriginal Housing Management Association.
The program is currently available in many communities around the province. Click here to learn more.
The Homeless Prevention Program is funded through the Canada-BC Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Agreement 2014-2019.
Click on the links below to learn about the Housing Action programs and services you can access today.