The Right Fit
The Right Fit is a multi-partner service designed to address the crisis in wheelchair accessible housing by matching affordable, accessible homes and independent living supports with people who need them in the Lower Mainland.
People with disabilities who use indoor wheelchairs typically wait years for affordable, accessible housing. Key challenges include:
• Limited availability of accessible, affordable housing;
• Length of time to arrange for special equipment and support at a new home;
• High demand means vacancies are often gone before supports are in place;
• No centralized inventory of accessible units or standards for listing accessibility features.
A three-year pilot project served to test a new, streamlined service delivery model to connect indoor wheelchair users with affordable housing, develop assessment tools, and raise awareness among key stakeholders. The pilot
project provided an opportunity to work directly with applicants and with housing and service providers to learn more about systemic barriers to accessible housing.
As the pilot concluded in 2020, the Right Fit Steering Committee applied for and received funding to continue their work through the federal Reaching Home Homelessness Initiative and the City of Vancouver’s Renter Office Grant program.
The Right Fit Approach
The Right Fit program is grounded in a case management model where a team of “project navigators” help a rolling caseload of indoor wheelchair users find homes that fit their needs, along with personal supports needed to live independently. Project navigators work directly with applicants as well as housing and service providers to help streamline the housing process.
Specifically, the Right Fit provides:
– incentives to landlords to conserve accessible housing;
– one-to-one navigation and peer support for wheelchair users who need housing;
– streamlined access to government and health authority supports;
– use of portable housing subsidies to prevent homelessness;
– Implementation of a standardized Accessibility Checklist for assessing the wheelchair accessibility of living units;
– outreach to the Metro Vancouver community to provide education about the urgent need for accessible, affordable housing.
Who We Are
The Right Fit is governed by a multi-partner Steering Committee that includes the Individualized Funding Resource Centre (IFRC), BC Housing, City of Vancouver, Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction.
Disability Alliance BC oversees the Right Fit Program and the IFRC is responsible for the case management of all Right Fit clients.
For general questions about the Right Fit Program, to learn more how to be involved, and for media inquiries:
Right Fit Coordinator
If you are a wheelchair user or an organization representing wheelchair users and would like more information about vacant accessible units:
Project Manager / Navigator
Individualized Funding Resource Centre Society
RightFit@IFRCSociety.org | Phone: 604-777-7576
If you are a housing provider and have an accessible vacant unit or if you would like to learn more about our Accessibility Checklist, contact:
Housing Accessibility Coordinator
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