BC Housing, through the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation, has purchased the property at 280 McIntosh Road in Kelowna. In response to an urgent need for more affordable housing in the community, we are developing up to 50 studio homes with supports for Kelowna residents who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
About the Project
The 2018 Point in Time Count found 286 people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna. The BC Housing Supportive Housing Registry currently has over 500 people in Kelowna waitlisted for supportive housing. The city's shelters are consistently over capacity. There is a need to provide affordable homes for people as a safer and more stable option than living on the streets and in shelters.
The housing at 280 McIntosh Road will contain up to 50 studio homes, a common dining area, commercial kitchen, amenity spaces and programming space. Each home is furnished and includes a 3-piece bathroom and kitchenette. There is a secure storage area for bikes and personal possessions. Residents will pay rent and sign a program agreement around expectations of appropriate and respectful behaviour especially as it relates to the health and safety of themselves and others.
The housing will be operated by experienced non-profit partner and housing provider, John Howard Society of Okanagan & Kootenay (JHSOK) which has more than 60 years of experience in Kelowna. The responsibilities of JHSOK will include property management, operations management and tenant selection. Once tenants move in, staff will remain on-site 24/7 for support.
Supportive housing is a self-contained home with supports provided on-site, to ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. Supports include outreach workers, wellness checks, life skills training, employment assistance, connection and referral to community services and support groups. Residents have access to counselling, as well as health, mental health, and addiction recovery services. This housing is an opportunity for people to leave the streets and shelter system for safe and stable housing, towards improved quality of life.
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Process & Engagement
Construction Update – October 2019
Site work at 280 McIntosh Road is scheduled to begin October 28, 2019. Part of the construction process for the new modular homes includes craning - where portions of the modular buildings are moved into place with construction cranes. During craning, the construction crew will ensure equipment is onsite with minimal traffic disruption and will be diligent in complying with noise and disturbance bylaws as outlined here: www.kelowna.ca/sites/files/1/docs/business/kelowna_noise_and_disturbances_control_bylaw_no._6647.pdf
The new supportive housing is expected to be completed in Spring 2020.
Neighbourhood Information Session
A Neighbourhood Information Session was held on January 29, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:00pm at Rutland Centennial Hall, 215 Shepherd Road.
Representatives from BC Housing, JHSCSO and Interior Health were on hand to present information and answer questions. Poster boards from the session are below:
- Homelessness in Kelowna and housing plans
- Resident selection and support services
- What is supportive housing?
- Renderings and site plans
- Poster boards (full set)
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