Kelowna’s Inn From The Cold shelter is currently located on Sutherland Avenue. —Google Maps

Kelowna’s Inn From The Cold shelter is currently located on Sutherland Avenue. —Google Maps

Kelowna’s Inn From The Cold shelter gets one-month lease reprieve

Shelter will be allowed to stay in its current Sutherland Avenue location until the end of October.

Inn from the Cold is getting a temporary reprieve from its scheduled departure from its current location.

The emergency shelter housing 45 homeless people in Kelowna, has been granted a one-month extension on its current lease, which was due to expire Sept. 30.

“No new locations have surfaced despite tremendous support from the media in getting our message out about the need for new space,” said executive director Jan Schulz.

While numerous suitable locations have been identified, space owners or leasers are unwilling to rent to a homeless shelter, even with the Inn’s pledge to minimize impact on surrounding community and ‘good neighbor protocols’ it will employ, said Schulz.

“We’ve been granted a bit of a reprieve, and for that we are most grateful. We remain optimistic that new space will be found, but if not, Kelowna’s population of those living rough on the streets will spike by 25 per cent come Nov. 1.”

The Inn’s plight will gain further attention come Sept. 29, when the Inn holds its seventh annual Push to End Homelessness, an Amazing Race-style fundraiser with sponsored teams pushing shopping carts on a winding course through the downtown core. The event will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting at Kerry Park and everyone is invited to come out to cheer on competing teams.

Funds raised will go towards supporting a range of services beyond the emergency shelter that the Inn From The Cold provides to the homeless and marginalized in Kelowna. For more information or to make a donation to a registered team, go to https://www.innfromthecoldkelowna.org/events-fundraisers/push-to-end- homlessness/.

“Regardless of our emergency shelter’s future, which is in jeopardy if new space cannot be found, we will continue to support the homeless with case management, which connects the homeless with required support services, in-home support for those adjusting to being newly homed and the Kelowna Kodiaks, which offers the homeless and marginalized an opportunity to participate and benefit from the team-building sport of soccer,” said Schultz.

While the the shelter will take any space at this point, the hope is for a 2,500-square-foot or larger warehouse- type facility, with one large open room, preferably in an industrial part of town away from downtown. Minimal kitchen facilities are needed and Inn From The Cold will augment onsite washroom facilities, as necessary.

Officials say ideally, they would would like a one-year lease with the opportunity to extend.

Anyone willing to consider renting space, at least for the winter season, is asked to contact Schulz at jan@innfromthecoldkelowna.org.

Just Posted

Fire trucks parked near the McEachern Tobacco Barn on Wednesday, June 16.(Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Fire at heritage tobacco barn in Kelowna doused by residents

McEachern Tobacco Barn is on the city’s heritage register

Elias Carmichael #14 and Ethan Ernst #19 of the Kelowna Rockets check Gage Goncalves #39 of the Everett Silvertips during a game at Prospera Place on February 28, 2020, in Kelowna. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Fans expected to be back in the stands for Kelowna Rockets 2021-22 season

The Rockets haven’t played in front of a crowd since March 2020

Kelowna flags were flown at half-mast after the discovery of a residential school burial site in Kamloops. (File photo)
Poll: Should Kelowna cancel Canada Day celebrations this year?

Calls are mounting across the country for cities and towns to not host celebrations

The Okanagan Forest Task Force uses a Ford F350 pick-up truck to gather back country garbage. (Okanagan Forest Task Force/Contributed)
Kelowna Canadian Tire steps in to support Okanagan Forest Task Force

The volunteer group has removed over 351,000 pounds of illegally dumped garbage to date

(Phil McLachlan/Capital News file)
Man found dead at Kelowna orchard

Police say the man was working in the orchard at the time of his death; criminality not suspected

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

A fire deliberately set in a washroom facility in Vernon’s transit terminal could cost the city around $25,000 to repair. (City of Vernon)
Vandalism forces Vernon to close public washrooms early

Despite changes made by city, vandalism on the rise at transit loop loos

For more than a year, Rene Doyharcabal and a small group of neighbours in Langley’s Brookswood neighbourhood have been going out every evening to show support for first responders by honking horns and banging pots and drums. Now, a neighbour has filed a noise complaint. (Langley Advance Times file)
Noise complaint filed against nightly show of support for health care workers in B.C. city

Langley Township contacted group to advise of complaint, but no immediate action is expected

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A nurse prepares a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Thomas
Vancouver couple pleads guilty to breaking Yukon COVID rules, travelling for vaccine

Chief Judge Michael Cozens agreed with a joint sentencing submission,

An inmate in solitary confinement given lunch on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. THE CANADIAN/Lars Hagberg
22-hour cap on solitary confinement for youth in custody still too long: B.C. lawyer

Jennifer Metcalfe was horrified to hear a youth had spent a total of 78 straight days in isolation

Old growth in the Columbia Valley, in the Kinbasket area. (Photo submitted)
Wildsight: Old-growth forests are being logged in Golden

Wildsight says that Canfor has been logging old growth at the Blaeberry headwaters

MAKING MUSIC
The Dixie Fried Hep Katz recorded a promotional video at the Kettle Valley Steam Railway station featuring the railway’s steam locomotive. The young band from Enderby plays Canadian Rockabilly, with Porter Johnson, 20, writing, lead guitarist and vocals; sister Kyndra on drums; and Logan Bannick on bass. The band is using the locomotive to promote their song Spooky Train and help shed light on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway’s drive for donations. (Tom Burley photo)
Donations help with repairs of Summerland steam railway

Kettle Valley Steam Railway put out earlier call for railway ties, tires for locomotive

Most Read