A Rent Bank provides financial assistance in the form of a no-interest repayable loan to stabilize rental housing during unanticipated short term financial challenges. The loan can be used for upcoming rent/utilities, rental/utility arrears, and damage deposits to secure safe and sustainable housing.
What services are offered by the Cowichan Rent Bank?
The Cowichan Rent Bank assists eligible families and individuals who may be at risk of eviction or essential utility disconnection due to a short-term financial crisis.
Who is eligible for a Rent Bank loan?
The following criteria must be met to be eligible for a repayable Rent Bank loan.
*Household Income Limits are determined by BC Housing
What documents are required to apply for a loan from the Cowichan Rent Bank?
Please Note: BC Rent Bank and Cowichan Housing Association (CHA) will use your personal information only for assessment and administration purposes in accordance with the guidelines of the BC Rent Bank Privacy Statement.
What is the Application Process?
Emergency Assistance Program
Depending on available funding, CHA provides emergency assistance funds to individuals at risk of homelessness via eviction and/or hydro cut-off. The purpose of the fund is to:
The Emergency Housing Assistance Program is to be used for housing emergencies where an individual or family is facing eviction or loss of power/heat and where other sources of funding have been exhausted.
Indigenous individuals living on-Nation are eligible to apply for assistance when faced with utilities disconnection notices.
For more information call our office at 250-597-1938.
T.R.A.C. Tenants Resource and Avocacy Centre – http://tenants.bc.ca/
Government of BC, Residential Tenancies – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/housing-tenancy/residential-tenancies
B.C. Housing Tenant Resources – https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/tenant-programs-resources
Landlord BC, Landlord Education – https://landlordbc.ca/
Ready to Rent BC – https://rentsmarteducation.org/
Government of BC, Residential Tenancies: