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Kelowna - Agassiz Road Supportive Housing

Project Overview

BC Housing has purchased land at 2025 Agassiz Road. In response to an urgent need for more affordable housing in the community, we propose to develop permanent housing with supports for Kelowna residents who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

map rendering of Agassiz Road in Kelowna with proposed site
Status
Preliminary
Phase
Public Engagement
Date of Completion
TBD
Location
Kelowna

Process & Engagement

Community Discussions – September 2018

The community discussions provide an opportunity to learn more about homelessness in Kelowna and the proposed supportive housing for 2025 Agassiz Road. Participants can choose from one of the following sessions to discuss the housing with representatives from BC Housing and JHSCSO and provide their input:

  • Wednesday, September 26, 6:30–8:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 27, 11 am–1 pm
  • Thursday, September 27, 6:30–8:30 pm
  • Friday, September 28 from 10 am–12 noon 

Advance registration is required. Please email communityrelations@bchousing.org with your preferred session choice by September 20 and we will confirm your registration and advise on the meeting location by September 21.

Supportive Housing Presentation Suite Tours – November 8 and 9, 2018

A demonstration studio housing suite will be on display for public tours. See what a home with supports looks like. Learn more about the proposed housing. Tours will be available at the following times:

  • Thursday, November 8, 2–8 pm
  • Friday, November 9, 9 am–1 pm

The location will be confirmed in mid October.

Open House – November 8, 2018

Drop by the community open house from 5:30–8 pm to learn more about the proposed housing and what we heard through the September community discussions and public feedback. Proposal display boards will be presented for discussion with representatives from BC Housing and JHSCSO. Feedback forms will be provided.

The location is still to be confirmed.

About the Project

The City of Kelowna, BC Housing, and local service providers are working together to address the city’s urgent need for supportive housing and support services for individuals who are experiencing, or most at risk of experiencing, homelessness.

According to the 2018 Homeless Count, there were 286 people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna. The city's shelters are consistently over capacity. There is a need to provide homes for people as a safer and more stable option than living on the streets and in shelters.

The proposal for 2025 Agassiz Road, which BC Housing purchased in May 2018, is to develop permanent housing with supports for Kelowna residents who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. A non-profit housing operator will be identified soon.

We will be inviting the community to an open house to share further information about the proposal, likely in fall 2018. A rezoning will be required through the City of Kelowna.

What is supportive housing?

Supportive housing is a self-contained studio home with supports provided on-site, to ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. Applicants will go through a thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports. All tenants will sign a program agreement (similar to a tenancy agreement) and will pay rent.

One of the key factors in making supportive housing a success is proximity to amenities and services as well as accessibility to transit. People experiencing homelessness are already a part of our community; we want to help them find safe and stable housing in the community.

We will keep the community informed as the planning progresses and welcome any questions you may have at communityrelations@bchousing.org