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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.


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. 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.

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  • Complete the (BELOW) 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  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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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