Are you eligible?

Civida helps people find affordable housing. No matter what your income level, we have a rental housing solution for you. Through affordable housing, grants, and advice, we provide over 4,500 social and over 600 near-market and 130 mixed income homes. We also deliver around 3,000 rent subsidies for the Government of Alberta in the Edmonton area.

View our full portfolio of housing programs, including rent supplement programs here.

Find out if you’re eligible for our programs, below, or download our Eligibility information sheet.

 

How Many Bedrooms Do I Require?

Bedroom requirements are set by the Government of Alberta based on how many people are in your household. Note these requirements do not allow children over the age of 5 to share a bedroom with someone of a different gender. Civida must follow these rules to ensure everyone is adequately housed.

Use our Bedroom Calculator to figure out how many bedrooms your household requires.

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Community (Social) Housing

Civida provides over 4,500 homes in the Community Housing program. Community Housing is located throughout the City of Edmonton and is a mix of housing types, including townhouses and multi-unit apartments.

The Community Housing program provides subsidized housing to people with lower incomes.

  • Your rent is either 30 percent of your adjusted gross monthly household income, or the core shelter rates if you are receiving Income Support from Alberta Works.
  • You are welcome to apply for Community Housing, Near Market Housing and Mixed Income Housing all at the same time.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

There are eligibility criteria for Community Housing. If you meet all the criteria, your application will be accepted and evaluated.

1. Citizenship and Immigration Status

All members of your household must have one of the following citizenship statuses:

  • Canadian Citizenship
  • Permanent Resident (except for those under a private sponsorship arrangement)
  • Convention Refugee
  • Individuals who have applied for refugee or immigration status
  • Individuals whose private sponsorship has broken down

2. Income Limits

Your total gross household income must be below these income limits. Income limits are based on the income of everyone over age 15 and the number of bedrooms your household requires.

Government of Alberta 2021 household income limits in Edmonton

3. Asset Limits

Your household must have less than $25,000 in assets. This includes the assets of everyone over the age of 15. Assets include, but are not limited to:

  • Money in regular bank accounts
  • Property you own, such as a house, recreational vehicle, or second vehicle
  • Some types of investments

Excluded assets include:

  • Your household’s primary vehicle
  • Some types of investments, including: RRSPs, RESPs, RDSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs
  • Clothing and tools needed for your job

4. High Risk Offender Status

All adult household members are checked against Alberta Justice and Solicitor General’s High Risk Offender List. Household members who are on the High Risk Offender List are not eligible for Community Housing, Mixed Income Housing or Near Market Housing programs.

Near Market Housing

Civida provides over 600 Near Market Housing homes. Near Market Housing is located throughout the City of Edmonton and is a mix of housing types, including townhouses and multi-unit apartments.

The Near Market Housing program provides subsidized housing to people with moderate incomes.

  • You pay rent that is 10-20 per cent below current market rental rates.
  • You are welcome to apply for Community Housing, Near Market Housing and Mixed Income Housing all at the same time.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

There are eligibility criteria for Near Market Housing. If you meet all the criteria, your application will be accepted and evaluated.

1. Income Limits

Your total household income must be below certain income limits. The specific income limit depends on which home(s) you apply for. Some of our Near Market buildings use income limits set by the Government of Alberta and some use income limits set by the City of Edmonton. The income limits for Near Market Housing range from an annual household income of $36,500 (for a Bachelor suite) to $77,570 (for a five-person home). Income limits are based on the income of everyone over age 15 and the number of bedrooms your household requires.

2. Additional Requirements

Some of our Near Market buildings have additional eligibility requirements:

  • Central Village – applicants must be 50 years of age or older
  • NCS Housing – applicants must provide Indigenous peoples status

3. High Risk Offender Status

All adult household members are checked against Alberta Justice and Solicitor General’s High Risk Offender List. Household members who are on the High Risk Offender List are not eligible for Community Housing, Mixed Income Housing or Near Market Housing programs.

 

Mixed Income Housing

Mixed Income Housing is a new model of affordable housing offered by Civida. Mixed Income Housing is designed to have a diverse group of tenants with different income levels, all living in the same building.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

For most of our Mixed Income homes (excluding Londonderry), you must meet the same eligibility criteria as our Community Housing or Near Market Programs, including income and asset limits. However, once you move into a Mixed Income building, you do not have to stay under these income or asset limits.

Londonderry Eligibility

We are now pre-leasing our new Londonderry complex – the first social housing redevelopment in Alberta with a mixed income model. This brand-new complex has different eligibility criteria than our existing programs. Eligibility is based only on income. Please see the table below for details: