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How to apply and eligibility

Before You Begin Your Application

Please review the frequently asked questions and gather the following information:

  • Full name and date of birth of any child who will live with you at least 40% of the time
  • Addresses and landlord information for all of the places you have lived over the past 5 years
  • Monthly gross family income
  • The value of any assets you may have (including bank accounts, RRSPs, investments, real estate, etc.)


YWCA Housing Types

YWCA Metro Vancouver operates a number of housing communities for single mothers and their children across Metro Vancouver.

We offer two types of housing that we offer: 1. Rent Geared to Income and 2. Predetermined Rent.

  1. Rent Geared to Income is subsidized long-term housing. Tenant Rent Contribution (rent) is calculated on a rent geared to income basis (30% of household total gross income, subject to minimum rent, or income assistance shelter portion). There is no minimum income limit, but there are maximum income limits set for the housing units.
  2. Predetermined Rent is long term housing with rent fixed at an amount below the average market rent for the community. (There may be annual increases to the housing charge.) Applicants and tenants have to fall between the minimum and maximum income limits set for the housing units.

We are currently accepting applications for our waitlist at our housing communities.


Eligibility for YWCA Housing

Please carefully read the eligibility criteria below to determine whether to apply to Rent Geared to Income and/or Predetermined Rent housing.

The tenant qualification criteria for both YWCA Rent Geared to Income and YWCA Predetermined Rent housing includes, but is not limited to:

  1. You are a single mother who can live independently (with minimal supports).
  2. You are a single mother with dependent children.
    “Dependent” is defined as a child under 19 years of age, or a child of any age who, because of mental or physical infirmity, is accepted as a dependent for income tax purposes; or a child under 25 years of age and in full-time attendance at a college, university, or vocational institution which provides a recognized diploma, certificate or degree.  “Full-time attendance” is defined as enrolment in the minimum number of credit courses specified by the institution to constitute full-time, enrolment in a minimum 15 hours of classroom instruction per week, or enrolment in 9 credits in each school term.
  3. You have one or more children in your care at least 40% of the time.
  4. You have reliable and positive previous housing references.
  5. Your admission to our housing community will not endanger the welfare and safety of other residents.


Eligibility Criteria: Rent Geared to Income 

To qualify for all YWCA Rent Geared to Income housing, your total annual family income must not exceed the established Housing Income Limits.

The 2019 Limits are:

Number of bedroom Maximum income per year
a) Two $63,000
b) Three $73,500
c) Four $83,500



Eligibility Criteria: Predetermined Rent 

To qualify for YWCA Predetermined Rent housing, your total annual family income must fall between the minimum and maximum established housing income limits (please note that this varies by community).

 The 2019 Limits are:

Como Lake Mews
Number of bedrooms Minimum income per year Maximum income (HILs)
a) Two $27,000 $63,000
b) Three $30,000 $73,500
Pacific Spirit Terrace (currently accepting applications)
Number of bedrooms Minimum income per year Maximum income (HILs)
a) Two $35,000 $63,000
b) Three $42,000 $73,500



Contact us at:

Yasmin B., Property Services Assistant
tel. 604-282-3113   fax. 604-879-7120
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Crisis and transition resources

Our Stopping the Violence brochure lists transition houses, crisis lines, and other support organizations for women leaving abuse.