KELOWNA – The Province is providing additional housing and support for individuals who have been homeless or are at risk of homelessness with the purchase and renovation of the Kelowna Good Night Inn, located at 2639 Highway 97 North.
Once renovated, the 42-unit building will support some of the most vulnerable populations in the area, and it will include some capacity to add shelter spaces during extreme weather conditions.
The former motel will be operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Kelowna who will provide support services to create successful tenancies for the residents. Staff will be on-site 24/7 year round to manage the day-to-day operations and assist residents as needed.
The renovations will include updating the exterior of the building to improve the residential look and feel, creating indoor gathering areas for residents, and providing appropriate fencing and landscaping around the property. The Province is providing $6 million toward the project and the building is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2018.
Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
“Our government is committed to addressing the lack of affordable housing in BC and we recognize the urgent need for more permanent affordable rental housing in Kelowna. We are currently working with the City to provide support to some of the most vulnerable people in the area. The Province is very supportive of this housing project because it will allow us to create a safe place for the people who need it most.”
Colin Basran, Mayor of Kelowna
“We’re committed to helping all residents of Kelowna, and that includes people who are having a hard time and need a helping hand. We have seen this same development model be very successful in Kelowna and we appreciate the Province stepping up again to create more of this kind of housing in our community.”
Shelagh Turner, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kelowna
“We know that when people have a roof over their head, they actually have a chance to improve their quality of life in areas of health, mental health, substance use and employment. Our goal is to offer services, supports and connections that will maximize housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness. We are excited by this opportunity to add more housing and support options in our community.”
To learn more about services and supports for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness, please visit: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/homelessness-services
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