Veteran Homelessness Program

About the Program

With funding provided by the Government of Canada’s Veteran Homelessness Program, this program can provide rent supplements, utility payments, rental arrears, rental deposit assistance, and wraparound-support referrals to eligible Veterans and their families experiencing or at risk of homelessness in British Columbia and the Yukon. Through our Leave the Streets Behind program, Veterans can be provided with Apartment Kits.

For Veterans

Step 1 – Determine if you are eligible. You may be eligible if you meet the following:

  • You are a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Rangers or Reservists) or RCMP
  • You are currently homeless (including staying with friends, in a shelter or in a hotel) or at-risk of becoming homeless (your housing situation is going to end within 1 month)
  • You have an after-tax household income of less than $27,352 per year (if you live alone) or $38,682 per year (if you live with someone else)
    • This is equivalent to a before-tax household income of less than $31,559 per year (if you live alone) or $44,631 per year (if you live with someone else)
  • You are willing to pay at least 30% of your pre-tax monthly household income on housing
    Please note: If you are unsure if you meet the low-income threshold but meet all other criteria, please submit an application.

Step 2 – Complete the application form:

  • Online: Download an Application Form
  • By Phone: Request a paper copy of the application form by calling 604-312-5843

Step 3 – Gather your supporting documents. You will need to include:

  • A copy of your previous year’s tax return OR T4s and benefit statements
  • Proof of service documentation (if available)

Step 4 – Submit your application:

  • Online: Email your application and supporting documents to vhp@legionbcyukonfoundation.ca
  • By mail: Veteran Homelessness Program, #101, 17618 – 58 Avenue, Surrey, BC
    Do not include any original documents with your application, only photocopies.

After You Apply:

After you apply, the Program Coordinator will contact you for next steps. At that time, you may be required to provide:

  • Banking information (for direct deposit)
  • Proof of rent or landlord agreement

For Landlords

We are always looking for private landlords to partner with across British Columbia and the Yukon. Veterans pay their share of the rent directly to the landlord, and the Legion Foundation pays the rent supplement directly to the landlord. Households in the program sign an agreement with the Legion Foundation for the rent supplement and a separate lease with the landlord for the housing unit.

Advantages for landlords:

  • You receive the full market rent by collecting rent from the household and the difference from the Legion Foundation
  • There is a secure, predictable and timely payment of rent supplement each month
  • Financial assistance for rental arrears, rental deposits and utilities may be available

If you are a landlord with available space to rent, please contact the Program Coordinator.

The Veteran Homelessness Program is funded by the Government of Canada

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