Housing affordability is a pressing issue for many Abbotsford residents. This situation is the result of sustained population growth in the Lower Mainland and in Abbotsford, coupled with a restricted land supply and rising development costs. Homelessness is the most visible aspect of the City’s housing affordability issue but many other residents are also facing the challenge of finding safe, appropriate and affordable housing in both the ownership and rental segments of the market.
The following statistics tell a brief ‘story’ of the challenges many Abbotsford residents face.
- 117 homeless people counted in 2011
- 12,840 households in Abbotsford spend more than 30% of income on housing
- 42% of renters are spending more than 30% of income on housing
- Abbotsford also has a critical number of residents ‘at-risk’ of homelessness
- There are almost 100 households on the waitlist for BC Housing. Families represent almost half of those on the waitlist.
- 26% of female lone-parents in Abbotsford are considered low income
The following pages include information on affordable housing initiatives, programs, policies, and resources.
Affordable Housing Strategy
Affordable Housing Fund
BC Housing MOU