Reprinted from "Housing" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, Vol. 8 (1), p. 32
BC Housing is a crown corporation that administers a range of subsidized housing options, from emergency shelters to private home ownership. Through BC Housing, you can find housing, learn more about housing in BC, find tenant supports, and learn more about housing initiatives. To learn more, visit www.bchousing.org.
Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC)
TRAC supports tenants through education around BC tenancy laws, assists people dealing with tenancy problems like landlord disputes, and promotes tenant’s rights and access to appropriate affordable housing. They operate the Tenant Infoline and provide resources in many different languages. To learn more, visit www.tenants.bc.ca. You can also call the Tenant Infoline at 604-255-0546 (in Vancouver) or 1-800-6650-1185 (outside the Lower Mainland) from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
BC Non-Profit Housing Association
The BC Non-Profit Housing Association is an organization of non-profit housing providers and allies that supports members’ work to provide quality affordable housing. They offer education events, resources, best practices, and consulting services. To learn more, visit www.bcnpha.ca.
PovNet is an anti-poverty community that supports discussions around many different topics, including housing and homelessness. Online, you can find resources and services, learn more about issues around poverty, and learn more about applying for different supports. You can also find an advocate in your community. To learn more, visit www.povnet.org.
Pivot Legal: Homes for All
Pivot works to protect the rights of low-income and homeless people through work towards Residential Tenancy Act reform, the inclusion of housing as a Charter right, and challenging violations of homeless rights. You can also find the YIMBY (Yes in my backyard) toolkit, which challenges misconceptions of social housing and supports inclusive communities. To learn more, visit www.pivotlegal.org/homes_for_all.
Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)
CLAS provides legal advice and assistance to support people who experience physical, mental, social or economic challenges, and support human rights. They can help British Columbians who have lost a Residential Tenancy hearing, received an Order of Possession and have to leave their home, or have been evicted from a co-op. To learn more, visit www.clasbc.org/housing.php.
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
The Right to Adequate Housing (Fact Sheet No. 21/Rev. 1)
This fact sheet outlines adequate housing as a human rights issue and highlights equal access to housing without discrimination. For more, visit www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/FS21_rev_1_Housing_en.pdf.
The Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) works with communities on social justice issues such as inclusive communities, accessibility, community development and social planning. They offer a number of resources on affordable housing and homelessness and Aboriginal homelessness. To learn more, visit www.sparc.bc.ca.
The Homeless Hub
The Homeless Hub is an information-sharing resource for Canadians. You’ll find an extensive research library, curriculum plans for teachers, personal stories, research guidelines, and links to other networks. To learn more, visit www.homelesshub.ca.
This list is not comprehensive and does not imply endorsement of resources.