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Rental Assistance Program

The Rental Assistance Program was launched in October 2006 as part of Housing Matters BC.  The program provides eligible low-income, working families with cash assistance to help with their monthly rent payments. 

To qualify, families must have a gross household income of $35,000 or less, have at least one dependent child, and have been employed at some point over the last year.

For more information, visit www.bchousing.org/programs/RAP or phone BC Housing at 604-433-2218, or 1-800-257-7756 outside the lower mainland.

Are you eligible?


Application form:


What people are saying about the Rental Assistance Program . . .

“The Rental Assistance Program has made a huge difference in our lives."   Jennifer Lepine on bchousing.org

"A lot can be said about the relative merits of social housing and rental assistance, but like it or not, the Campbell government has launched what it says is an annual $40 million rental assistance program. If that money really gets to those in need, it will be a good thing, but why isn't the government doing more to reach out to families who might be eligible for the program?"   David Schreck on his blog strategicthoughts.com

"The assistance was there when I needed it most and I don’t need it anymore. I want people to know there’s real help out there for working families who are struggling financially. I tell friends and neighbours about the program and they always think they won’t qualify or it is only for people on income assistance. I helped five families with their application forms and they all qualified.”    Lausanne Ham on bchousing.org

>> More information on Financial Assistance for BC Renters

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