The Central Okanagan Journey Home Society (COJHS) is celebrating an important milestone; building more than 300 supportive housing units in Kelowna.
"It is widely recognized that for people experiencing homelessness, having access to housing improves health outcomes, and this is being demonstrated in our community every day," says Stephanie Ball, executive director of the COJHS.
"We are in a housing crisis in Kelowna and COVID-19 has only made that crisis worse. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we work with all of our partners to support people in housing need, and work to prevent more people and families from experiencing homelessness," she explains.
The COJHS employs a person-centred, housing-first approach as it works with agencies and all levels of government to ensure that everyone in our community has a place to call home.
The Journey Home task force was first established in 2017 by the city to seek out a "made-in-Kelowna solution to homelessness using best practices, proven methods and situations unique to the city."
For more details on housing with supports, this milestone, and the successes and work ahead for COJHS, click here.