Are you eligible?

Civida helps people find affordable housing. You can review our housing options here.

Download our Eligibility information sheet. Find out if you are eligible for the programs we offer.

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.

Bedrooms Calculator

                   

Community 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 2020 household income limits in Edmonton

(Updated in 2020. Note these limits are set annually by the Government of Alberta.)

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.