BC Housing searching for additional shelter space in Kelowna

Search on for shelter space

BC Housing is looking to the City of Kelowna and the private sector to find additional shelter space in the city.

With winter approaching, the need to find additional beds to temporarily house those marginalized within the city is growing.

"We are working closely with the City of Kelowna and stakeholders to find additional locations for shelters to accommodate those experiencing homelessness," BC Housing officials stated in an email to Castanet News.

"We (BC Housing) currently funds 175 shelter spaces in Kelowna, but has exhausted all locations we own, and are looking to other stakeholders for help in providing additional shelter space."

BC Housing has already extended the temporary lease of two shelters within proximity to the downtown area.

Shelters at both the former Daily Courier on Doyle Avenue and Tree Brewing on Richter Street have been extended through March 31 of next year.

The leases were extended because other shelter spaces are at capacity, meaning with colder temperatures on the horizon, any closure would have forced those people onto the streets with nowhere to go.

"We know that shelters are not a long-term solution, which is why BC Housing continues to work with city and non-profit partners to build new supportive and affordable housing options in Kelowna.

"Over the past two years, we have opened 274 supportive homes for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in Kelowna."

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