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1) Download and complete the affordable application housing form (link below). It may open as a preview in your internet browser –  save a copy of the form on your computer and re-open the file in a PDF viewer to ensure you are able to fill in the form fields. After you complete the application, save it.

CLICK HERE to download The View (250 Powell) affordable housing application.

2) Provide your contact information in the boxes below.

3) Attach your completed application form in the first field below your contact information. Attach any additional documents in the other two fields at bottom.

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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.


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.

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The View in the News


The former Remand Centre building located at 250 Powell St. in Vancouver was originally built in 1981 to hold those awaiting their appearance in court. The building was closed in 2002 but has been renovated to provide 96 new units of affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals, including 38 units designated for at-risk Aboriginal youth participating in the BladeRunners  trades training employment program. The newly renovated building includes a community garden and a multi-purpose amenity space that is available for rent by the community.

16 of the total 96 units were designated to women transitioning out of women’s shelters operated by The Bloom Group, as well as from YWCA Crabtree Corner. 38 units on two floors were created for Aboriginal youth in the BladeRunners program, now called “BladeRunners Place.” The remaining 42 units were made available to people with low and moderate incomes. Priority was given to those who already live or work in the Downtown Eastside.

The original remand centre was designed by architect Richard Henriquez of Henriquez Partners Architects. His son, Gregory Henriquez, managing partner of the firm, lead the poetic transformation of the 250 Powell St. building from a former jail into much-needed affordable housing.

The Bloom Group

The Bloom Group (Formerly St. James Community Service Society) has provided progressive housing, health care and social supports to the Downtown Eastside for over 50 years. In addition to affordable housing, The Bloom Group operates low-barrier women’s shelters, hospices, supportive mental health housing, and a financial management program for vulnerable seniors.


Established in 1994, BladeRunners was founded with the purpose of matching construction industry needs with employment opportunities for inner city at-risk youth. BladeRunners offers their clients basic training designed to facilitate entry into the labour force, connecting them with job placement opportunities across B.C. The BladeRunners program is currently managed throughout most of BC by the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS) on behalf of the Province of BC with funding through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.

Media Inquiries

Please contact
Resource Development and Communications Manager
604-606-0306 or development@thebloomgroup.org


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