Violence Prevention Fund
What is the Violence Prevention Fund?
The Violence Prevention Fund provides one-time, non-interest loans to assist women and individuals who identify as female, who have experienced domestic violence and/or gender based violence, and are seeking support to establish a safe and financially sustainable home. The program also provides referrals to community resources, advocacy, and empowers clients to navigate bureaucratic systems.
We are pleased to announce that until September 30, 2021 Violence Prevention Fund applicants may be eligible for a one-time, non-repayable Housing Grant to help secure and maintain safe housing. Please contact us for eligibility details.
The Violence Prevention Fund is funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and is administered through the Vancouver Rent Bank and The Network of Inner City Community Services Society (NICCSS)
What can the loans be used for?
- Rental arrears
- Essential utilities
- Security deposit
- Moving costs
- Child-care fees
- Pet boarding
- Contact staff for other uses
Eligibility requirements for applicants
- Identify as female
- Are experiencing or have experienced violence
- Looking for assistance in finding a safe and financially sustainable home
- Have a bank account or are on income assistance
- Must be 19 years of age or older
- Have 2 pieces of valid identification, one with picture
- Cannot be in the process of, or currently in bankruptcy
If you do not meet the above requirements please feel free to contact us to discuss how our team may be of assistance with other resources and supports.
How to apply
Please also read Vancouver Rent Bank application requirements before completing your Violence Prevention Fund application.
If you meet the above requirements, you can start the application process by filling out a Vancouver Rent Bank pre-assessment by clicking here.
To be considered for the Violence Prevention Fund, please remember to answer “Yes” to the question “Have you/are you experiencing violence?”
Address: Vancouver Rent Bank (Operated by NICCSS)
#200-739 Gore Avenue,
Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z9
Please note, during Provincial COVID-19 Orders, our office and drop-in is closed to the public until further notice. Vancouver Rent Bank will continue to accept on-line applications and will contact applicants by e-mail or telephone.
*Our office is on the second floor and does not have access for people with mobility issues. If you have mobility issues, please contact us and we will make alternate arrangements.*
*NICCSS is a scent-free environment – no perfumes of heavily scented products*