We provide advocacy to ensure that everyone in our community has access to affordable housing. If you are paying more than 30% of your monthly income on rent and your household income is below $35,000, you should make an appointment to see JFS’s Housing Advocate.

Some of the things the Housing Advocate can do:

  • Advise on the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords
  • Explain the different types of housing available in Vancouver and housing related expenses (i.e. rent, damage deposit, hydro bill)
  • Steer clients through the labyrinth of applying for social housing
  • Advocate for tenant rights and housing suitability
  • Ensure clients are applying for programs they are eligible for
  • Provide application forms for the BC Housing Registry and non-profit housing organizations
  • Provide a letter of support for clients to submit to a non-profit housing provider
  • Give applications and information on rent subsidy programs like Rental Assistance Program (RAP) and Shelter Assistance For Elderly Renters (SAFER)
  • Help complete applications
  • Assist clients through the dispute resolution process at the Residential Tenancy Branch
  • Provide a list of short-term market accommodation
  • Provide information and access to the emergency shelter program

The Housing Advocate cannot:

  • Find market housing
  • Find housing for people before they arrive in Vancouver

For more information about Housing, please contact:

Community Care Line at communitycare@jfsvancouver.ca or (604) 558-5719