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Affordable Housing

Nelson CARES is committed to providing safe affordable housing to the residence of Nelson BC. We operate 144 units thAffordable housing logoat are available to families, singles, seniors and people with disabilities who can live independently and qualify for a disability pension and who cannot work due to the disability.   Demand is extremely high and vacancies are filled using a needs based criteria system that includes low income status; those fleeing violence and/or at high risk of homelessness; family size and suitability.

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Ward Street Place – Single Adults

Made up of 34 single residential occupancy (SRO) units and 3 one-bedroom apartments building operations are solely funded by rental income, Nelson CARES Society receives no government subsidy to assist with building operations or rents. For an application for Ward Street Place, please click here.


Cedar Grove Estates – Seniors, Persons with Disabilities, and Families

Cedar Grove estate22 one bedroom units for seniors and persons with disabilities. This recently updated building has 2 units on the main floor modified for wheelchairs and 4 units that can accommodate couples. Housing is for individuals capable of independent living. There is a large amenity room with tables, a shuffle board, piano, television, and fully stocked kitchen.


Families at Cedar Grove enjoy 2, 3, and 4 bedroom town-homes, some with views of the West Arm and Big Orange Bridge. All units have private single carports and a laundry room.

Copper Mountain Court – Families

Copper Mountain - famiiiesThis 37 unit family complex is supported by BC Housing. Located on a dead-end street it borders on a golf course and wooded park. Copper Mountain Court was completed in 2001 and features underground parking, an elevator, radiant in-floor heat, an amenity room, and fenced play area for young children. Older children enjoy the bike park and walking trails at nearby Art Gibbons Park.

Lakeside Place – Singles/Families

Lakeside Place - singles and families This property is located near Lakeside Park and offers a total of 28 low cost housing units. The old motel provides 2 bachelor, 14 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom units. The 8-plex was added in 2001.


How to apply:

  • Complete the Application for Tenancy form and submit it to Nelson CARES using the fax number or email address on the application form, or drop off at 521 Vernon Street.
  • Applications are reviewed for eligibility and scored according to BC Housing guidelines.
  • To keep your application active, call in to the Affordable Housing office at 352-1608 at least once a year.
  • If information changes, call the office so your file can be updated.
  • All applications must have a daytime contact number or email address so applicants can be reached when they’re being considered for tenancy.
  • The application form is designed to collect specific information from applicants seeking affordable housing in accordance with section 26 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Tenant Selection:

  • When a unit comes available for rent, current applications are reviewed for suitability.
  • Applicants are contacted based on priority of their housing need point score.
  • Tenant selection requires a home visit to assess fit.
  • An applicant under consideration who passes the home visit is invited to view the available unit.
  • A final decision is made and a date for tenancy is set.


  • 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 Account 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.

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