Affordable Housing at The View
The View (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 is 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can apply to live there?
42 units at The View 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 $40,000 per year for a bachelor (studio) apartment, or no more than $45,000 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.
How much is rent?
Rents for the 42 units open to the public are based on the Housing Income Limits set annually by BC Housing, with the goal that households pay no more than approximately 30-35% of their gross monthly income towards the rent. Rents for these units are currently between $650 – $850 per month.
How do I 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 0369 (Attention: The View Coordinator) or drop it off in person at The View, located at 250 Powell St.
How are tenants be selected?
All applications will be considered and vetted against our eligibility criteria. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with our tenancy committee.
What kinds of suites are available?
Suites at The View include studio or “bachelor” suites, and 1-bedroom units. No sublets are allowed.
Who operates the building?
The building is managed by the Affordable Housing Team at The Bloom Group. The Coordinator for The View, and Manager of Affordable Housing Services, oversee the day-to-day operations of the building. Through a partnership with Access-BladeRunners, a Tenant Support Worker supports the residents in BladeRunners Place, two floors or 38 units for participants of the BladeRunners program.
*Bladerunners manages their own selection process for the 38 units in Bladerunners Place. For more information contact Tom Galway, Director of BladeRunners at 250-508-6873.
16 units of the 96 total units are designated for women transitioning out of emergency or transitional housing facilities operated by The Bloom Group.