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Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters (SAFER)

Quick Links:       Seniors' Rental Housing       Home Adaptations for Seniors

As of April 2008, BC Housing provides SAFER subsidies to more than 15,253 seniors renting apartments in the private market, including singles, couples and people sharing a unit.

If you have low to moderate income, this program can help make rent more affordable. SAFER provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents who are age 60 or over and who pay rent for their homes.

Profile of an average SAFER client who lives alone:

► Monthly income of $1,215

► Pays $602 in rent

► Receives a subsidy of $111

► Would pay 50% of income for rent without the help of SAFER

For more information: http://www.bchousing.org/programs/SAFER

Application form: http://www.bchousing.org/resources/Applicant/SAFER_app_form_Eng.pdf

Financial Programs

Rental Assistance Program 

Provides eligible low-income, working families with cash to help with their monthly rent payments.


BC Hydro - ECAP  

Provide qualified low-income BC Hydro residential customers with free energy saving products.


What SAFER recipients say...

Because SAFER subsidies are calculated to give the most assistance to people with the least income, Bonita saw her subsidy increase when her other sources of income decreased. “For three years I had CPP, plus some money from dog and house sitting and acting as an extra in the movies while I looked for part-time work,” she said. “The SAFER subsidy made my rent more affordable and meant I didn’t have to move from my apartment.” Read more

Anita encourages other seniors who may be eligible for SAFER to put aside any embarrassment they may have about applying. “Everyone I’ve dealt with was so friendly and understanding. They reassured me I’m managing my finances well but the subsidy is really helping.”  Read more

Grace knows her neighbourhood well. For the past 40-odd years, she has lived in the same suite in a low-rise building on a quiet street in Vancouver. She’s close to shopping and transit, which makes it easy to get around. And, as a long-term tenant, her rent is kept at a reasonable amount. At age 69, Grace says she is not a struggling senior, but she still has to watch her budget carefully and is even thinking of looking for part-time work. Read more

Source: BC Housing

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