Everyone Needs a Safe Place to Live

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

The Bloom Group provides a home to over 300 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 24/7 affordable housing services to almost 100 residents in the Downtown Eastside who live independently.

The View (250 Powell Street)

The View 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 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. Applicants must meet the income eligibility criteria based on the local Housing Income Limits (HIL) rate set by BC Housing each year. To be eligible, applicants’ gross annual household income must be under $51,500* per year. As the rental rates at The View are fixed (not on a sliding scale Rent-Geared-to-Income), an income minimum threshold of approximately $26,000 per year has also been established to help ensure that rent will account for no more than approximately 30% of household income (more info here). 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 604.606.0369  (Attention: Affordable Housing Manager), or drop it off in person at 391 Powell Street.

For more information visit: www.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 their 38 units, known as “BladeRunners Place.”  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 
The View features an expansive amenities room on the main floor, available for rent by the community. To inquire, please email Jason Jang at jjang@thebloomgroup.org


Jason Jang, Coordinator at The View

Nicholson Tower

Located in Vancouver’s West End, Nicholson Tower is a 20 story high rise that is home to approximately 240 low to moderate income households. The Bloom Group is committed to maintaining Nicholson Tower as affordable housing for seniors age 55 and older. Residents must be able to live independently and be committed to the community aspects of the facility, which includes shared amenity spaces.

How to apply
To help us assist you as quickly as possible, please create a BC Housing Registry account and submit an application for housing, indicating Nicholson Tower as one of your housing choices. Once you have done this, or if you already have an active account, please fill out this form and submit it to jfarrell@thebloomgroup.org. Don’t forget to include your application number so that our building coordinators are able to find it!

Due to the large number of applications we receive each month, please be aware that vacancies will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and that you will only be notified if one is available for you.

If you have any questions about Nicholson Tower or how to apply, please contact Jason Farrell at jfarrell@thebloomgroup.org


1115 Nelson St. Vancouver, V6E 1J4


Jason Farrell, Coordinator at Nicholson Tower
604.558.5941 – Fax: 604.688.7034


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.

How to Apply
Please download an application form and, once completed, submit it to nbelcham@thebloomgroup.org. You can also print a copy of the form and fax it to 604.606.0369  (Attention: Affordable Housing Manager), or drop it off in person at 391 Powell Street.


377 Powell St. Vancouver, BC V6A1G5


Jason Jang, Coordinator


250 Powell, Nicholson Tower, and Somerville Place do not currently have parking that can accommodate individuals with a disability. Please contact Handydart if you require transportation assistance.