Affordable Housing in Surrey
Surrey's Social Plan identifies affordable housing as a critical component of a health community. Currently, too many Surrey renters live in unaffordable and crowded housing. Affordable home ownership is also a concern in Surrey.
- Pressures on renter households are increasing. Rents are increasing and vacancy rates are decreasing in Surrey. Over 13,000 rental households in Surrey spend more than one-third of their income on rent.
- New rental units are needed to meet demands. An estimated 11,500 new rental units will be needed in Surrey over the next ten years, with 6,890 of those units needed for very low and low income households.
- Vulnerable populations will continue to have higher needs for non-market rental housing: Aboriginal people, newcomers, low-income residents and people with developmental disabilities.
- Surrey residents will continue to need affordable home ownership choices. While semi-detached and rowhouse dwellings are providing more affordable home owenrship options in Surrey, single detached houses remain out of reach for most Surrey residents.
Surrey Affordable Housing Strategy
The City is currently developing an Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS). The Strategy will identify the specific needs and local market conditions in Surrey, and provide recommendations for further action to address housing affordability.
Affordability challenges are most often related to low and moderate income households who may not be able to find affordable rental housing in the market.
Actions and Policies
Manufactured Home Parks
- If you live in a manufactured (mobile) home park and the property owner has plans to redevelop, and build new buildings on the property, you have rights.
- Learn about your rights and review the City's Policy on Manufactured Home Park Redevelopment and Strata Conversion.
Standards of Maintenance Bylaw
- In 2012, the City endorsed a new Standards of Maintenance by-law which will help protect the condition of rental properties in Surrey and provide a better dispute resolution process to deal with unsafe accommodation.
Surrey Homelessness and Housing Fund
In June 2007, Surrey City Council approved the creation of a new Surrey Homelessness and Housing Fund. $9 million from the City’s Affordable Housing Reserves was used to establish the Fund. The Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society oversees the fund, supporting Surrey-made solutions to homelessness and affordable housing issues in Surrey.
Supportive housing and shelter facilities
The City has been taking action with BC Housing and non-profit partners to increase shelter and supportive housing for those that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
Council Reports on Housing and Homelessness
Read through reports that have gone to Council on isseus related to homelessness and housing