Everyone Needs a Safe Place to Live
We cannot simply “manage” homelessness. We must find solutions.
The Bloom Group’s provides a home to over 200 people on fixed or low-incomes and at risk of homelessness. Our continuum of housing meets a diverse range of needs in the community. In addition to mental health and supportive housing, we provide affordable housing to almost 100 residents in the Downtown Eastside who live independently.
250 Powell Street
250 Powell opened in the fall of 2015 after the building was transformed from a former remand centre into 96 new units of affordable housing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The project was a collaborative effort between The Bloom Group, ACCESS-BladeRunners, and all three levels of government: the Province of B.C. and BC Housing, the Government of Canada and the City of Vancouver.
42 units at 250 Powell Street have been designed to meet the affordable housing needs of people with low to moderate incomes, with a priority given to those already working and/or living in the Downtown Eastside. To be eligible, applicants must earn a minimum of approximately $26,000 per year and no more than $36,500 per year for a bachelor (studio) apartment, or no more than $40,000 per year for a 1 bedroom apartment. Applicants must be able to live independently in a mixed housing environment, and be committed to the community aspects of the facility, which includes shared amenity spaces. Applicants may be singles or couples.
How to apply
Applications are available online at www.thebloomgroup.org/250powell. Here you can download the application, and once completed, submit your completed form electronically at the same web address. You can also print a copy of the form and fax it to 604 606 0309 (Attention: Affordable Housing Manager), or drop it off in person at 391 Powell Street.
For more information visit: thebloomgroup.org/250powell
*Of the 96 total units, 38 units – including 8 rented at Shelter Rate – are designated for Aboriginal youth participating in the BladeRunners trades training program. BladeRunners manages a separate internal tenant selection process. For more information contact Tom Galway, Director of BladeRunners at 250-508-6873.
16 units of the 96 total units, also priced at the Shelter Rate, are designated for women transitioning out of emergency or transitional housing facilities operated by The Bloom Group and YWCA Crabtree Corner.
Amenities space for rental
250 Powell Street features an expansive amenities room on the main floor, available for rent by the community. To inquire, please email Karl Tegenfeldt at ktegenfeldt(at)thebloomgroup.org
Karl Tegenfeldt, Affordable Housing Manager
Somerville Place provides affordable housing for 31 individuals on fixed and/or low incomes in studio apartments in the Downtown Eastside. At Somerville Place, fully independent residents live in a clean and safe home that they might not otherwise have access to. Fixed-rate rents are based on BC Housing “Homeless At Risk” guidelines.
377 Powell St. Vancouver, BC V6A1G5
Kristina Trommel, Coordinator