Rental Assistance Program (RAP)


A portable housing subsidy program for youth at risk of homelessness age 16-24

The Rental Assistance Program provides portable rental subsidies to young people aged 16-24 who are struggling to afford housing in Vancouver. PCRS staff work with participants to find housing and provide rental assistance for up to 24 months.  Because the subsidy has a limited timeline staff work with participants to try and find housing that will be sustainable once they are paying the rent on their own.


Participant Quote

“I appreciate how flexible program staff have been in helping me prepare to transition to long term housing”




The Rental Assistance Program serves youth aged 16-24 who are at risk of homelessness.

Entrance Requirements

Participants can self-refer or be referred by professionals or other stakeholders (such as family members or friends) via the email address.




RAP staff work Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm out of the BYRC.


Unfortunately, not, we do not offer emergency or shelter housing and our waitlist can be up to two years long. Drop in staff at the BYRC would be happy to help you look for a shelter or short-term option, however.

Yes, RAP provides a portable subsidy that can be used to top-up your own income to help you pay rent, but you still must have a source of income to qualify for a subsidy.

Length of service in the Rental Assistance Program can vary, though most participants are in the program of 18 months.

Next Steps

For more information please see the 

Referral Form
  • 1 -236-889-4961