BC Housing has purchased land at 2025 Agassiz Road to develop permanent housing with supports for Kelowna residents who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Process & Engagement
A community open house was held on November 8, 2018 from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Ramada Hotel, Kelowna. Representatives from BC Housing, John Howard Society of the Central & South Okanagan, Interior Health, Journey Home, and the City of Kelowna presented information and answered questions.
Poster boards from this open house are below:
- Homelessness in Kelowna
- Housing plans for Kelowna
- Tenants and support services
- Site plans and renderings
- What is supportive housing?
- Being good neighbours and neighbourhood safety
- Poster boards (full set)
A summary report of the Public Information Session for supportive housing at 2025 Agassiz Road was submitted to the City of Kelowna on November 22, 2018, view that report here.
Supportive Housing Presentation Suite Tours
A presentation housing suite was on display for public tours at the Sandman Hotel, Kelowna, on November 8 and 9, 2018. Visitors could see what a home with supports looks like, learn more about the proposed housing, and provide feedback.
Five community discussions were held from September 26 to 28 at the Sandman Hotel, Kelowna. Participants discussed the housing proposal with representatives from BC Housing, John Howard Society of the Central & South Okanagan, Interior Health, and the City of Kelowna.
A meeting report summarizing the neighbourhood consultation prior to the Open House was submitted to the City of Kelowna on November 5, 2018, view that report here.
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.
The housing will be operated by experienced non-profit partner and housing provider, John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan (JHSCSO), which has more than 60 years of experience in Kelowna. The responsibilities of JHSCSO will include property management, operations management and tenant selection. Once tenants move in, staff will remain on-site 24/7 for support.
We will be inviting the community to an open house to share further information about the proposal on November 8, 2018. A rezoning will be required through the City of Kelowna.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org