Affordable Housing Strategy (2008)

“Safe, secure, affordable housing builds strong, healthy, sustainable communities”  

While providing housing is not a local government responsibility, a lack of appropriate housing for different resident groups can affect the economic, physical and social health of the entire community.  In early 2008, Chilliwack City Council established a Housing Task Force, made up of representatives from the land development, business, real estate, finance, and non-profit housing sectors, as well as representatives from the faith-based sector and social service providers. 

The role of the Task Force was to provide recommendations to Chilliwack City Council on actions the City can take to address issues related to housing affordability and homelessness.  Through consultation with service agencies, non-profit housing operators, the public, and Council, a Housing Strategy has been developed.

The Strategy identifies ways in which new emergency shelter, transitional and supportive housing for people with addictions and mental health issues, and affordable housing for low income households can be developed, with the support of public, private and non-profit sectors.

Updated Info provided by BC Housing - Rent Supplements

  • Rental Assistance Program (RAP) was introduced in 2006 to help low-income working families with the cost of private market rental housing.  Working families earning up to $35,000.00 a year can receive direct rent subsidies ranging from $50 up to $765 per month.  The average monthly subsidy is $405.
  • Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) helps make housing more affordable for low-income seniors who rent in the private market. The average monthly subsidy is $158.

For more information about BC Housing call 1866-465-6873 or visit thier webpage at