Shelter Aid For Elderly
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:
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.
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.”
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
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.
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Financial Assistance for BC Renters