We know from the 2018 Homeless Count that there are at least 286 homeless individuals in Kelowna and many more who are less visible because they live in their cars or couch surf. This year the Province of British Columbia introduced the Rapid Response to Homelessness program to help homeless individuals in Kelowna and throughout the province move into housing.
On behalf of the Province, BC Housing, in partnership with the John Howard Society of the Central and South Okanagan, is proposing to build up to 52 units of supportive housing at 2025 Agassiz Rd. If this project is approved, individuals who are homeless or at risk can apply for housing and, following a rigorous assessment process, will be able to move in and start their journey towards more stable lives.
We must understand that for many of these individuals, having a safe, secure and private room will be a big adjustment. Therefore, the proposed housing will also provide support services from Interior Health and local non-profit service providers. Residents will be required to pay rent equivalent to the province’s income assistance shelter rate of $375 and adhere to a program agreement that will ensure respectful behaviour.
BC Housing wants to provide more information to the neighbours and business community who live and work near Agassiz Road. If you’re interested in learning more about this proposed housing, we encourage you to attend an open house on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Redwood Room at the Ramada Hotel at 2170 Harvey Ave.
There will also be a demonstration modular unit, similar to the proposed housing available for touring, in the parking lot of the Sandman Hotel at 2130 Harvey Ave. from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.
If you require more information or want to provide feedback directly to BC Housing, please send it to [email protected]
Click the video above to hear Lori’s story about her journey to supportive housing.
This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Okanagan Edge.
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