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Project Description


People who are applying for a subsidized unit must meet the housing income limit set by BC Housing. As the demand for affordable housing is high, Nelson CARES Society Affordable Housing assesses each applicant’s need for housing based on criteria which includes the applicant’s income, current living situation and personal and family requirements as compared to other applicants. This ensures that priority is given to households in the greatest need.

If you are applying for a non-subsidized unit, the application process is the same.

Nelson CARES Society DOES NOT use any third party real estate brokers and/or agencies in filling vacancies for available units. Please contact our Affordable Housing Team for support in filling out a BC Housing Application.


Single Adults

Affordable living for single adults in Nelson’s downtown. Made up of 39 single residential occupancy (SRO) units, three one-bedroom apartments, and three studio apartments. Washrooms for SRO units are shared with other tenants. Ward Street is self-funded through its rental income, and Nelson CARES Society receives no government subsidy to assist with costs of operation.


Independent Living for Seniors, Persons with Disabilities, and Families

The three-storey apartment building has 22 one-bedroom units for seniors and persons with disabilities; two of the units on the main floor are modified for wheelchair accessibility. Housing is for individuals capable of independent living. There is a large amenity room with tables & chairs, piano, television, DVD player and fully equipped kitchen.
Cedar Grove Estates includes 17 townhomes with 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms for families.


Room for Families to Grow

This 37-unit family complex has 23 2-bedroom units, in the three-storey apartment building. There are 14 three and four-bedroom townhomes. Two of the apartment units are modified for wheelchair accessibility.

Located on a dead-end street, it borders on Granite Pointe Golf Course and the City of Nelson Skate Park. Copper Mountain Court was completed in 2001 and features underground parking, an elevator, radiant in-floor heat, laundry room and fenced play area for young children. Older children enjoy the bike park and walking trails at nearby Art Gibbons Park. The property is within walking distance of Rosemont Elementary School and Selkirk College.


Accessibility, Seniors, Families

Forty-one affordable rental homes have been developed in downtown Nelson to provide housing for low- to moderate-income families and seniors. The new building includes studio, 1, 2, 3-bedroom and accessible units within a four-storey apartment and townhouse complex. Limited underground parking is available onsite.


Accessibility, Seniors

Lakeside Place, located at 805 Nelson Avenue is a four-storey building with 47 affordable rental apartments for seniors (55 plus) and people with disabilities. This development includes studio, 1 and 2-bedroom, and accessible units. It also includes sheltered bike and mobility scooter parking, as well as mixed above and underground parking, and a residential amenity room with outdoor amenity/recreation space.

HOW TO APPLY TO WARD STREET PLACE2021-06-24T21:26:59+00:00
  • If you would like to apply to Ward Street Place use the online fillable on your right.
  • If you would like to fill out a physical application please print out the PDF to your right.

Only the above format will be accepted for Ward Street Place, if you put any other location preferences, your application will be discarded. All of our other property applications need to go through BC Housing


Properties include: Cedar Grove Estates, Copper Mountain Court, Hall Street Place and Lakeside Place

  1. Go to the BC Housing website and fill out the online application, This is the link to apply:
  2. After clicking the link that brings you to the BC Housing website, scroll down and click the “Housing Registry Apply Online” button.
  3. If you would like to apply to Hall Street Place, Copper Mountain Court, Cedar Grove Estates: select the buildings you would like your application to be added to (this will be one of the steps in the application process.) IMPORTANT:  If you are having trouble selecting the Nelson CARES property that you are interested in, please see this pdf for a workaround while this glitch gets fixed
  4. Once you have submitted your application, there is a declaration form at the end which you must print out, sign, and send to BC Housing via mail, fax, or upload. This step is important as your application will not be active until it is done.
  5. You can opt to print out an application and fill it out by hand instead which can be submitted back to BC Housing via mail, fax, or scanned and uploaded. If you do not have a printer, contact BC Housing to get an application mailed to you.
  6. Once BC Housing has received your application, it takes 10 business days to process. 

You will either: receive a letter confirming that your application has been received and you will be given a file number OR receive a letter detailing that you have missed some information on your form 

*Keep your file number on hand as it will be necessary to update your application. 

When you have an application with BC Housing that is active: 

  • You must contact BC Housing every 6 months in order to keep your application active 
  • You must call BC Housing and alert them of any changes to your application (ie: you have had a child, gotten married, had a change in income, lost your housing, etc)

BC Housing Information: 


Mail: Suite 101-4555 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4V8 

Fax: 604-439-4729 

Call Center: Open Monday to Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM 

Phone: 604-433-2218 

Toll-free: 1-800-257-7756 

Upload Link: 

For more information, please visit: 


HOW WE MAKE TENANT SELECTIONS2018-04-16T17:10:52+00:00
  • When a unit becomes available for rent, current applications are reviewed for suitability.
  • Applicants are contacted based on priority of their housing need point score.
  • Applicants who are short listed are contacted for an interview and their references are checked.
  • An applicant under consideration is invited to view the available unit.
  • A final decision is made and a date for tenancy is set.
ABOUT TENANCY2017-11-01T22:53:00+00:00
  • All non-program housing units are governed by the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA).
  • Occupancy can begin as soon as the unit is available – rent is prorated.
  • Damage deposit must be paid prior to the start of tenancy. In some suites the tenant is responsible for utilities – in these cases proof of Nelson Hydro and Fortis Gas Accounts must be submitted.
  • For all subsidized units (rent is based on 30% of income) a Tenant Rent Contribution (TRC) is determined by completing the BC Housing Application for Rent Subsidy form.


Using our online application form


Print off a housing application



“You can’t work towards improving your situation if you don’t have a decent roof over your head. It’s a basic need we have to do more to address as a society.”

– Lori Camilleri, Property Manager, Affordable Housing




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