FAQs – Vancouver Youth Housing
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, rent is subsidized for participants on a fixed income such as income assistance or disability, or at some sites geared towards income up to 30% of a participant’s monthly income.
Length of service in the Vancouver Youth Housing Program can vary, though on average most participants live at our housing sites for around two years.
Our program takes a harm reduction approach to substance use, and though we ask participants not to consume substances in common areas of our housing sites or smoke indoors we do not expect participants to abstain from substance use unless it is a self-identified goal area that they have chosen to work on.
No, our program uses a program agreement model rather than a tenancy relationship. Involvement in program activities such as meeting with a housing worker, creating life skills goals, and following program guidelines is required in order to live at our housing sites.