Supported Living

What this page says

  • ​If you are eligible for CLBC supports, supported living is one option you could access.
  • With this residential option, you live independently in a home in your community.
  • You get support with daily tasks from someone who visits your home.
  • Supported living has many benefits and can positively impact your quality of life.
  • You will receive support from staff who have been screened and trained to support you in this kind of environment.
  • You can talk to a CLBC facilitator about this support and other residential options.

When you access supported living, you live independently in a home in your community that you own, lease or rent, and get some help with daily living. This can include things like cooking, budgeting, personal care, recreation, and connecting to your community. People who choose this option generally are quite independent.

Supported living might be the only CLBC-funded support you receive or it could be one part of your plan. The kind and amount of support you receive is based on the need for support in specific areas. Visit the Understand CLBC Funding Decisions page for more details.

What are the benefits of supported living?

Supported living can have a positive impact on your quality of life:

  • You will have the opportunity to get involved in activities and take part in things that are happening in your neighbourhood.
  • You will also develop skills relating to taking care of yourself and your home, and can become more independent and confident.
  • Qualified staff support you and help you connect to people and resources in the community where you live.

What are the different types of supported living?

The two main types of supported living are:

  • Outreach Support: in this option, a support person visits your home to give you support with daily living at certain times during the week. This could be one-on-one or in a group.
  • Cluster Living: in this option, a support person provides support to you and a group of other people whom CLBC supports who live close to each other (often in the same apartment building). The support person usually lives close to you too.

How can CLBC help connect me with supported living?

If you are eligible for CLBC services, a facilitator can talk with you about your options. They can help you develop and initiate a plan to connect with services that are funded by CLBC and other resources in your community. This could include supported living.

CLBC works with service providers across B.C. that are qualified to deliver supported living. If you are interested in this support, a CLBC facilitator can provide you and your family with more information and can introduce you to service provides that could offer the kind of support you want and need at this point in your life.

Talk to a facilitator about supported living options

To talk with a CLBC facilitator about staffed residential support, please contact your local CLBC office. A CLBC facilitator can answer questions you have.

Click here to find your local office contact information.

Learn more

Report On Supported Living Roundtable

Exploring New Ways To Live In Community: A Conversation about Supported Living for People with Developmental Disabilities In B.C. offers thoughts about how supported living services are currently delivered and how this residential option could look in the future. The report summarizes the results of a survey and roundtable discussion that were initiated by a group of service providers and supported by Community Living BC in 2013.

Watch these videos below about a Cluster Living arrangement: