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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

We will be inviting the community to an open house to learn more about the proposal once a non-profit operator is identified.

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 2016 Homeless Count, there were 233 people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna. The shelters are consistently overcapacity. 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 was purchased by BC Housing 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 has not yet been identified.

We will be inviting the community to an open house once more details about the proposal are clear. We anticipate holding the open house this summer. A rezoning will be required through the City of Kelowna.

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 would sign a program agreement (similar to a tenancy agreement) and would pay rent.

One of the key factors in making supportive housing a success is proximity to amenities/services and 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 

Contact Information

Please send questions or comments to communityrelations@bchousing.org