Alina Turner and her Turner Strategies team will help the Journey Home Task Force craft a plan to address homelessness in the Kelowna.—Image: contributed

Renowned research team to help with Kelowna’s homelessness plan

Alina Turner and her Turner Strategies team will help craft the Journey Home plan

Kelowna’s Journey Home Task Force is moving ahead, backed by a newly hired consultant and her teams.

Alina Turner and the Turner Strategies team was hired to help create the city’s long-term strategy to address homelessness. Turner is a leading researcher, with her work on system planning recognized as a leading best practice and an often-used model across communities.

“Turner Strategies has completed more than 50 projects that focus on resolving complex social issues, like poverty and homelessness. We are excited to incorporate and learn from such an exceptional national expert,” said Martin Bell, the Journey Home Task Force co-chair.

Turner led the implementation of Canada’s first homelessness management information system and designed Calgary’s Housing First system. Most recently, her team worked with Victoria, Edmonton and Yellowknife on their plans to address homelessness.

The Turner team has also partnered with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada to prepare the Journey Home plan. The observatory is a leader in Canada in forming partnerships to conduct research for more effective solutions to homelessness. A Way Home Canada is a national coalition focused on addressing youth homelessness.

“The combined expertise included on Dr. Turner’s team will help our community make significant progress toward preventing homelessness, and ensuring if it does occur, that it is short-lived and doesn’t reoccur,” said Kyleen Myrah, the Journey Home Task Force other co-chair.

A number of community initiatives are already taking place in Kelowna that help support Journey Home’s vision, including:

• A street outreach to housing training session attended by nearly 100 people from 30 different organizations and agencies

• Recent cooperative work with BC Housing and the John Howard Society to establish an emergency shelter for up to 80 people on Leon Avenue

• The recent BC Housing announcement that 127 additional supportive housing units will be available in Kelowna in the coming months, pending permit approvals and site finalization.

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Caged: Kelowna Falcons suffer 6th straight loss

The Falcons look for revenge Saturday night after a 15-5 loss

Pirko found guilty in the 2014 second-degree murder of Chris Ausman

A Kelowna jury found Steven Randy Pirko guilty of the second-degree murder

Grievance dismissed: Kelowna bus driver loses case after texting on job

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

UPDATE: Dog bitten by rattlesnake in West Kelowna “going to be OK”

The dog, Bella, is recovering after being bitten on a hike at Rose Valley Trails

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Sun and heat continue Saturday

Environment Canada forecasts highs of 30 C throughout the Okanagan Saturday

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Give Hope Wings fundraiser launches Saturday from Pitt Meadows

Flying marathon will benefit low income Canadians needing flights for medical treatment

Vernon seeks additional fetal alcohol syndrome support B.C.-wide

“We are making a difference but we could make even more of a difference”

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Gambler 500 hits Okanagan back roads

Hundreds of off road enthusiasts are rallying in the South Okanagan this… Continue reading

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read