BC Housing, the City of Kelowna and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kelowna are working together to provide 38 new homes with supports for people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna at 1055/1063 Ellis Street.
About the Project
This City-owned property is being leased to BC Housing for 10 years to build 38 modular units of housing, which will be operated by CMHA Kelowna. The housing will be available to people over the age of 19 currently living in the community who have a history of or are at risk of homelessness and who need additional support services to maintain housing.
Located at 1055 and 1063 Ellis St., the three-storey modular apartment building will include 38 self-contained studio homes with private washrooms, showers and kitchens. The building will also include a commercial kitchen, dining and lounge areas, storage and amenity space, laundry and a medical room. Site preparation work will start in June, with construction completed in fall 2020.
Supportive housing is a self-contained studio home with supports provided on-site, to ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. CMHA Kelowna, an experienced local service provider, will operate the housing. Staff will be on-site 24/7 to facilitate connections to community health and support services, including life and employment skills training, health and wellness support services and opportunities for volunteer work. BC Housing and CMHA Kelowna will collaborate with local service providers on a thoughtful and thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports live in the housing. Priority will be given to our vulnerable citizens who live in the Kelowna area. All residents would sign a program agreement and would pay rent.
Community Advisory Committee
CMHA Kelowna will be developing a Community Advisory Committee that will include representation from BC Housing, Interior Health, the City of Kelowna, RCMP, community organizations and community members at large. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to express interest in learning more about this committee.
The Community Advisory Committee will:
- Build and maintain positive relationships amongst the community, the building operators and the program partners;
- Facilitate information sharing and dialogue;
- Identify and resolve any issues, opportunities and concerns related to building operations.
Read the Community Acceptance Series: Overview document to learn more about examples of supportive housing in other B.C. communities.
Process & Engagement
Recognizing our most vulnerable citizens face significant risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Province is expediting the plan to start construction at this site to ensure people in need have access to safe and secure housing. The current lease is for 10 years, and the property will go through the municipal rezoning process if the lease is extended beyond that.
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