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Penticton - Supportive Housing

Project Overview

The City of Penticton and BC Housing are partnering to build 62 units of supportive housing at 594 and 600 Winnipeg Street that will be operated by ASK Wellness Society.

Illustration of supportive housing in Penticton
Status
Approved
Phase
In development
Date of Completion
Spring 2019
Location
Penticton

Process & Engagement

Neighbourhood Information Session

A neighbourhood information session was held on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Victory Church of Penticton, 352 Winnipeg Street. Representatives from ASK Wellness Society, BC Housing, and the City of Penticton presented information and answered questions.

Poster boards from that meeting are below:

Update - May 23, 2018

BC Housing was disappointed to learn that city council did not approve re-zoning for the 52 unit modular housing project, citing the proposed location as an issue. Given the urgent need for supportive housing in Penticton, with last fall’s count identifying 163 people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness, BC Housing continues to work with the city and community partners to identify the best location for this project.

Community Open House

A community open house was held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018,at the Penticton Seniors' Drop-in Centre (2965 South Main Street). Representatives from ASK Wellness Society, BC Housing, and the City of Penticton were on hand to present information and answer questions.

Poster boards from that meeting are available below:

About the Project

BC Housing, community agencies and the City of Penticton are responding to the urgent need for affordable housing in the community. BC Housing is purchasing two properties at 594 and 600 Winnipeg Street to build 62 self-contained studio homes with support services.

This is part of an effort to provide safe, secure housing for people experiencing homelessness in towns and cities across British Columbia. People experiencing homelessness are part of our community. We are investing in housing solutions that support people living on the streets and the needs of the community.

The housing will be operated by an experienced non-profit partner and housing provider, ASK Wellness Society (ASK). The responsibilities of ASK will include property management, operations management and tenant selection. Once tenants move in, staff will remain on-site 24/7 for support. ASK is committed to being a good neighbour and has extensive experience in providing outreach, housing, health, education, employment and emotional support services for the marginalized and persons at risk in communities across the interior region of BC.

Tenants will also have access to support services such as meal programs, life and employment skills training, and health and wellness supports. Tenants will pay rent and sign a program agreement around expectations about appropriate and respectful behaviour especially as it relates to the health and safety of themselves and others.