Shared Living

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Shared Living is a residential option in which an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing support. In this arrangement, they live with a family, couple, or roommate in the community. This arrangement can offer richer opportunities for developing natural relationships and social circles. It also increases the likelihood of having a more genuine and meaningful experience of community life.Shared Living may be offered by community based agencies like posAbilities or directly by Community Living British Columbia (CLBC). Homes may be owned, rented or leased by the shared living provider or by the individual requiring support.

For more information about any of these services, please call 778-945-3368 or email

Is Shared Living Right For Me?

A variety of living arrangements are possible depending upon the needs and wishes of the person served. Our person-centered residential model offers an opportunity for individuals to achieve an ideal balance of support and independence based on their unique goals and preferences. Support is flexible and evolves according to the individual’s changing needs. To learn more, please read our flyer for persons served and families.

Are You Interested in Becoming a Shared Living Provider?

In most situations, Shared Living involves very close relationships. The individuals share not only their physical space but also their lives, typically spending a lot of time together and being actively involved in each other’s daily activities. In other situations, the shared living arrangement is characterized by more independent relationships, with members coming together at specific times or for specific purposes. We welcome people from all cultures, socio-economic groups and family structures throughout the Metro Vancouver area. To enquire about becoming a shared living provider, please read our flyer and if interested, apply here.


Our respite program provides temporary relief for the primary caregivers, including contracted care providers, so that they can take a break from time to time, or as needed should an illness or emergency arise. Respite may be as short as a 24-hour period, but can also be for longer periods of time. We place individuals with screened respite care providers who share interests and activities with persons served, and who are willing to provide short-term support.