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Frequently Asked Questions

You can quickly and easily find the answer to our prospective residents’ most common questions below. We hope the answers help you in your housing search!

Definitions of Affordable Housing Terms

Affordable Housing: Affordable Housing both the federal and provincial governments have set up programs that are aimed at assisting low to moderate income households by providing housing at a cost below the going market rates. Over the years, both levels of government have instituted numerous programs to accomplish this objective. Many affordable housing programs are operated in partnership with non-profit organizations like the New Chelsea Society.

Family: Family for the purposes of housing allocations, means a minimum of 2 persons and must include at least 1 dependent child (under 19 years of age).

B.C. Housing: B.C. Housing The British Columbia Housing and Management Commission (also known as B.C.H.M.C.) is a crown corporation of the Province of B.C.

Royal Canadian Legion: Royal Canadian Legion Branches can be found in the white pages of your telephone book listed under “Royal Canadian Legion”. You would look up the address of the one closest to you and go down to their office and ask for a New Chelsea Application.

Rent-Geared-To-Income: Rent-Geared-To-Income refers to the setting of the monthly payment amount for a resident. The formula is set by B.C. Housing and residents pay approximately 30% of gross household income.

Seniors: Seniors for the purposes of housing applications, means a person who is at least 55 years of age, and includes a person who resides with a person who is at least 55 years of age.

Person with a Disability : Person with a Disability for the purposes of housing allocations, means a person who, in the written opinion of a medical doctor or registered psychologist, has a significant permanent disability that cannot be significantly permanently improved by medical treatment, and that produces a loss of impairment of physical or mental ability.

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If you don’t see the answer to your question above, please contact us directly:

Telephone: 604-395-4370

Fax: 604-395-4376

Email: tenantplacement@

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