Rental Housing Supports

Saturday, January 28, 2023


At Kwakiutl we are deep into the research on Housing and options available for the Nation as we, like all people in BC and Canada, work towards solving the housing crisis - a crisis that disproportionately impacts Indigneous Peoples. So, while we work away on long-term solutions, we have some short-term solutions on Rental Assistance available from the BC and Canadian Governments. Links below - Each one has a different way of helping. Click the links below to see if you, or a friend or loved one might qualify, or need support in applying. 

Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
-low-income working families are provided with monthly assistance for their rent
-annual household income less than $40,000
-at least one dependent child in the household
BC Rent Bank
-help with rent or utilities due to an unexpected short-term crisis
-support for damage deposits or first month’s rent
-assistance with critical supports
Canada Housing Benefit
-$500 tax-free one-time payment if your income and the amount you pay on rent qualify
Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER)
-for low to moderate income Seniors (aged 60 or over)
-monthly assistance with rent payments for seniors renting in the private market