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Surrey Affordable Housing Strategy

Chorus Apartments is an inclusive and affordable rental apartment owned and operated by Semiahmoo House Society.

Photo: Chorus Apartments is an inclusive and affordable rental apartment owned and operated by UNITI.

The Surrey Affordable Housing Strategy was developed in response to increasing housing affordability challenges in Surrey. The process to develop the Strategy included undertaking research to compile housing data in the Surrey Housing Profile, consultations with stakeholders, and an online resident survey.

In an online survey, 82% of Surrey residents indicated they are concerned about housing affordability in Surrey (January 2017).

Download the Surrey Affordable Housing Strategy

Strategies

The strategies and actions set out in the Surrey Affordable Housing Strategy focus on purpose-built market and non-market rental housing in Surrey:

  • Strategy 1.0: Prevent the loss of purpose-built rental housing
  • Strategy 2.0: Strengthen protection for tenants
  • Strategy 3.0: Encourage the development of new purpose-built rental housing
  • Strategy 4.0: Increase the supply of housing affordable to renter households with low to moderate incomes.


Related Plans, Policies and Regulations

Rental Housing Redevelopment: Rental Replacement and Tenant Relocation Assistance

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.

Rental Stock Strata Conversion Restrictions

  • Policy M-10 (1991), Procedures for Processing Strata Title Applications, states that Council will not approve conversions from rental to strata title units, unless Surrey's vacancy rate reaches or exceeds 4%, as determined by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Secondary Suites

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.

Master Plan for Housing the Homeless in Surrey

  • The Master Plan for Housing the Homeless in Surrey, developed in partnership with BC housing and Fraser Health, identifies and responds to the needs for long-term housing andd support services for people who 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                
Surrey Affordable Housing Strategy April 5, 2018
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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