Everyone Needs a Safe Place to Live

We cannot simply “manage” homelessness. We must find solutions.

The Bloom Group’s provides 178 residents on fixed or low-incomes, and at risk of homelessness, with a place to call home. 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 31 residents in the Downtown Eastside who live independently and are not seeking housing with integrated support services. In summer 2015 will grow this number by opening 42 new units of affordable housing at 250 Powell Street.

250 Powell Street

We are pleased to announce that construction is nearly complete to transform the former Remand Centre at the corner of Powell and Gore Streets (now 250 Powell Street) into 96* units of affordable housing.

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 will be available online at www.thebloomgroup.org/250powell beginning Monday April 20, 2015. 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.

Please DO NOT drop off applications at the construction site at 250 Powell Street or the courthouse. Your application will not be processed.

For more information visit: thebloomgroup.org/250powell

*Of the 96 total units, 38 units, including 8 rented at Shelter Rate, will be designated for Aboriginal youth participating in the BladeRunners trades training program. BladeRunners will manage 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, will be designated for women transitioning out of emergency or transitional housing facilities operated by The Bloom Group.

Somerville Place

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


Marta Sanchez-Blasco, 604-606-0308