Housing Projects

A lack of appropriate housing for different resident groups can affect the economic, physical and social health of the entire community. While housing is primarily a Provincial responsibility, the City of Chilliwack has supported a number of affordable housing and housing first developments in our community.

As part of the City’s Affordable Housing Strategy (2008) and the Chilliwack Homelessness Action Plan (2016), the City has spent approximately $4 million since 2011 on affordable housing and addressing homelessness. The City has supported BC Housing projects with funds, has waived various fees and DCCs, and donated land.

Projects Underway

  • 80 Units: Affordable housing rental units by Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society. The City expedited the rezoning and approval process, waived development fees, Development Cost Charges and provided permissive tax exemption.

  • 35 Units: Affordable housing rental units for families with children (Ruth and Naomi’s Mission, 2017) with some on-site services.

  • 46 Units: Modular housing facility on Yale Road by BC Housing, operated by Rain City Housing. A Fraser Health ICM Team will also work out of the facility. The City will contribute $700,000 to the project.   To be part of a local Community Advisory Council for this project please follow the  link for additional information on the application process:  It takes a village to create homes - RainCity Housing

  • 20 Units: Youth treatment centre (45456 Yale Road), developed by BC Housing.

Projects Developed Since 2008

  • 40 Units: Small unit affordable housing apartment rental (9340 Corbould Street).

  • 22 Units: Chilliwack Health & Housing Centre (45921 Hocking Avenue) provides a broad range of community support services and a supportive housing component (the Annis Residence). The City provided $500,000 towards this project.

  • Ruth & Naomi’s Mission (46130 Margaret Avenue) provides a valuable service to the community, providing food, clothing, support and emergency shelter to homeless and marginalized people since 2003. Ruth and Naomi’s also offer addiction services, education, and training for reintegration into the community. They have short term (30 day) shelter beds for 12 men and four women. The City provided $27,000 through the Community Development Initiatives Funding Policy for this project.

  • 33 Units: The Village (8937 School Street) provides 33 apartments of supportive housing in a four-storey building for adults with mental health barriers and youth at risk of homelessness. This site is operated by the Chilliwack Community Services Society (CCSS) with support services provided by the Creative Centre Society (CCS).

  • 63 Units: Salvation Army (45746 Yale Road) has a modular shelter with 46 beds and 16 additional beds for women in a separate building. All shelter clients can stay on the premises during the day. For the modular shelter, the City waived $8,734.28 (CDI funding for permit fees) plus $33,373.30 DCC waivers.

City Supported Initiatives

  • The City of Chilliwack funds Chilliwack Healthier Community (CHC), which is a dynamic and growing partnership of local service agencies and organizations who share a common vision of a healthy, caring community that focuses on quality of life. Key areas of focus include: Affordable / Accessible Housing, Mental Health, Substance Use, Cultural Safety and Humility, Poverty Reduction.

  • Thanks to the City’s efforts, the Federal Government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding program for rural communities was expanded to include communities over 25,000 population allowing more communities across Canada, including Chilliwack, to access this funding. City staff worked with the Chilliwack Healthier Community Housing First Task Team to identify and support proposal development for submissions.

  • The City provided a one-time contribution of $30,000 towards the PCRS Housing Hub pilot project, which will work with vulnerable adults to find and maintain housing by working with local landlords and coordinating community resources to meet the needs of the people they are working with.