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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.

Surrey's AHS will align with the Metro Vancouver Regional Affordable Housing Strategy, endorsed by Council in September 2016. The City is also taking action on homelessness in Surrey.

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.

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Actions and Policies

Manufactured Home Parks

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 issues related to homelessness and housing

Council Reports Date                
Operation of Temporary Shelters Opened in 2017 Sept. 28, 2017
Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society - 2017 Annual General Meeting May 29, 2017
Renewal of Lease of 10677 Whalley Boulevard for Continuation of Boulevard Homeless Shelter Feb. 15, 2017
Proposed Winter Shelter at 14716-104 Avenue Oct. 19, 2016
Update on Activities Surrounding Homelessness and Addictions in City Centre Sept. 27, 2016
Regional Affordable Housing Strategy Aug. 15, 2016
Renewal of Lease of 10677 Whalley Boulevard for a 2016 / 2017 Winter Shelter March 2, 2016
Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society – 2016 Annual General Meeting June 3, 2016
Draft Regional Affordable Housing Strategy Update Feb. 1, 2016
Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Surrey and BC Housing Management Commission - Low Barrier and Transitional Housing Facility Sept. 14, 2015
Community Action Initiative on Supportive Recovery Homes May 25, 2015
Partnership with the Province of BC on the Development of a New Purpose-Built Shelter and Transitional Housing Facility Feb. 3, 2014
Phoenix Society: Rising Sun Social Innovation Centre and Gallery Nov. 5, 2013
FCM National Housing Campaign - "Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch" Nov. 12, 2013
Master Plan for Housing the Homeless in Surrey July 8, 2013
Master Plan for Housing the Homeless in Surrey Jan. 28, 2013
Winter Shelter for Surrey - BC Housing Sept. 10, 2012
Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society - 2012 Annual General Meeting  May 28, 2012
Surrey Rental Premises Standards of Maintenance By-law May 28, 2012
Housing Action Plan - Development of a Master Plan for Housing the Homeless in Surrey  June 27, 2011
Secondary Suites ‐ By-law Amendments and Policies Nov. 15, 2010
Public Opinion Survey Results and Policy Direction on Secondary Suites July 26, 2010
Public Opinion Survey Regarding Secondary Suites June 7, 2010
Update on the Development of a Housing Action Plan Dec. 14, 2009
Summary of a Study Related to Refugee Housing in Surrey – “At Home in Surrey? The Housing Experiences of Refugees in Surrey, BC” June 29, 2009
City of Surrey Economic Investment Action Plan (amendments to Interim Bonus Density Policy No. O-54) April 20, 2009
Terms of Reference for the Development of a Housing Action Plan Mar. 9, 2009
Density Bonus Reserve Fund July 28, 2008
Revisions to the Interim Bonus Density Policy No. O-54 for the City Centre and Guildford Town Centre Areas Feb. 25, 2008
Metro Vancouver Draft Regional Affordable Housing Strategy Oct. 1, 2007
Interim Bonus Density Policy Oct. 1, 2007

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