KELOWNA – October 7 – 13 was Homelessness Action Week in British Columbia. Throughout the week, events have highlighted the dedicated efforts of individuals and organizations committed to ending homelessness in Kelowna and other communities across the province.

This year saw the completion of the third and final supportive housing development built under a partnership between the B.C. Government and City of Kelowna. The three developments, New Gate Apartments, Tutt Street Place, and Willowbridge, provide 128 apartments for those who were homeless in Kelowna. People have a safe place to live, where they are understood, supported and connected to the services they need to stabilize and rebuild their life.

Providing housing and supports to those in greatest need are key priorities under the provincial housing strategy, Housing Matters BC. In Kelowna, the Province supports 80 emergency shelter spaces and over 400 subsidized apartments units. There are outreach teams that help connect people with the services and supports they need to get off the street, and nearly 400 homes for people with special needs, frail seniors, or women and children at risk of violence.

In total, the B.C. Government provides over $19 million for subsidized housing and rent supplements for more than 3,000 Kelowna households.

Homelessness Action Week is an opportunity to learn about homelessness, the work being done to support them, and how to get involved. You can find more information on what the Province is doing at www.bchousing.org

Quotes:

Ben Stewart, Minister of Citizens’ Services and Open Government and MLA for Westside-Kelowna

“The B.C. Government is committed to ensuring individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have access to housing and support services. By providing affordable housing with services under one roof, we are creating an environment where individuals’ needs are better met.”

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and MLA for Kelowna-Mission

“Homelessness, mental health and substance abuse are inextricably intertwined. We must continue to focus our efforts on all of these issues in order to make a difference in our efforts to end homelessness.”

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For more information contact Maclean Kay

B.C. Liberal Government Caucus Communications:

Phone:  250-952-0778

Email:    maclean.kay@leg.bc.ca