More supportive housing

More good news for those trying to help Kelowna's homeless population get off the streets.

On the heels of Thursday's decision by city council to approve rezoning for a 52-unit supportive housing apartment on Agassiz Road comes word the province and the city are collaborating on another project on McIntosh Road.

The province announced Friday morning a complex with up to 50 units is proposed for 280 McIntosh Rd., funded through the Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund.

The John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan will operate the facility. They will staff it around the clock, and provide services such as daily meals, life skills training, resume building and access to employment opportunities.

"Everyone deserves safe, secure shelter," said Mayor Colin Basran.

"As addressed in the Journey Home Strategy and our community plan, these new homes will help house some of our community's most vulnerable residents."

Gaelene Askeland, executive director of the John Howard Society, says they are pleased to be able to provide another safe, secure home for people wanting to rebuild their lives.

"We look forward to being part of the community at 280 McIntosh Road," she said.

"As with all our projects, we are committed to be a good neighbour building safe communities, both inside our buildings and with those who live and work in the surrounding area."

Contingent on permit approvals, construction is estimated to begin in the spring of this year with completion in the fall.

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