The Good Night Inn on Highway 97 in Kelowna has been bought to be converted into social housing.—Image credit: Google Maps.

Province paying for more social housing in Kelowna

Province kicking in $6 million to convert a former motel into social housing.

The province is providing $6 million to help provide additional housing and support for individuals who have been homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness, in Kelowna.

The money will go towards the purchase and renovation of the Kelowna Good Night Inn, located at 2639 Highway 97 North.

Once renovated, the 42-unit building will support some of the area’s most vulnerable citizens, and will include some capacity to add shelter spaces during extreme weather conditions.

The former motel will be operated by the Kelowna branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, which will provide support services to create successful tenancies for the residents.

“We know that when people have a roof over their head, they actually have a chance to improve their quality of life in areas of health, mental health, substance use and employment,” said Shelagh Turner, executive director of the Kelowna branch of the CMHA.

“Our goal is to offer services, supports and connections that will maximize housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness. We are excited by this opportunity to add more housing and support options in our community.”

CMHA staff will be on-site round the clock at the facility once it is up and running to manage the day-to-day operations and assist residents as needed.

The renovations will include updating the exterior of the building to improve the residential look and feel, creating indoor gathering areas for residents, and providing appropriate fencing and landscaping around the property.

The building project is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2018.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran aid the city is committed to helping all residents of Kelowna, and that includes people who are having a hard time and need a helping hand.

“We have seen this same development model be very successful in Kelowna and we appreciate the province stepping up again to create more of this kind of housing in our community.”

Municipal affairs and housing minister, Selina Robinson, said the province is committed to addressing the lack of affordable housing in B.C. and recognizes the urgent need for more permanent affordable rental housing in Kelowna.

“We are currently working with the city to provide support to some of the most vulnerable people in the area,” she said. “The province is very supportive of this housing project because it will allow us to create a safe place for the people who need it most.”

Just Posted

UPDATE: Missing dog from high velocity Kelowna car crash found

Jewels is recovering in the comfort of her home

Kelowna’s Boucherie Grind sweats for a cause

The event exceeded it’s fundraising goal

Dancing in the Park returns for another year

Lace up your dancing shoes, Kelowna

Kelowna Ride Don’t Hide raises $85,000

The CMHA honours two brothers during fundraiser

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

Mabel Lake Road roll over claims life

Armstrong man died in hospital after single vehicle roll over June 18

Thunder, strong winds possible for Okanagan

Environment Canada released the special weather statement Sunday afternoon

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Residents association plan gathering to discuss Pandosy waterfront park

KLO Neighbourhood Association has scheduled a public meeting with developers and city staff June 27

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

Most Read