West Kelowna conducts survey for living situations on Westside

Survey will reveal how many people on Westside experience housing challenges

Contributed

The City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation are partnering on the coordination of a point-in-time count for the Westside.

The completion of the count was inspired by both the Journey Home initiative that WFN participated in to represent an aboriginal voice with the City of Kelowna and was also a recommended action of the Social Issues Research Paper recently completed for the City of West Kelowna. The purpose of the survey is to collect data from persons experiencing living without permanent, safe housing.

Related: West Kelowna sends out its annual Citizen’s Survey

The survey will reveal how many people on the Westside experience housing challenges and provide basic demographic information and community needs for the Westside, which will help direct future programs, policy changes and other supports.

As this is the first count of this nature, the data will form a baseline to measure progress on efforts to end homelessness. The survey results will be compiled by mid-August and reports will be presented to both jurisdictions and shared with service providers to assist with future funding requests to senior governments.

Related: B.C. mineral exploration permits taking longer: survey

BC Housing met with WFN to present supportive housing options available for the Westside. Funding and development opportunities discussions are currently underway. The City of West Kelowna has requested a meeting with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing and BC Housing at the Union of BC Municipalities conference in September to lobby the Province to support applications for supportive housing that will assist those in need on the Westside.

The count was a success thanks to the amazing volunteer support received from community. Volunteers, working in teams, assisted the count by administering the survey and assisting with food preparation and meal service at survey locations. Volunteers took part in pre-survey training sessions to help prepare for the point-in-time count.

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


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Truck smashes into multiple parked vehicles in Kelowna

The driver of a truck was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries

Kelowna’s definitive Christmas market list

We’ve prepared a list of every market in the Central Okanagan

Stuart Park outdoor rink to reopen for winter

The outdoor ice rink is scheduled to be open Dec. 1

Offensive Facebook post by Okanagan Conservative riding association sparks outrage

Post taken down after Conservative MP in neighbouring riding condemns it and demands removal

Creekside Theatre hosts Canadian comedian, Phil Callaway

The Lake Country based theatre will host the fundraiser Nov. 20

VIDEO: People with diabetes meet their alert dogs

A diabetic alert dog is trained to detect low blood sugar in people who have Type 1 diabetes

Livestock truck filled with pigs crashes into ditch off Highway 1

Two tow trucks, RCMP officers and traffic control personnel helped with the recovery near Salmon Arm

Truck smashes into multiple parked vehicles in Kelowna

The driver of a truck was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

Lower Mainland couple missing in Thompson-Okanagan area

Barriere RCMP received a missing persons report for two senior overdue travellers

Most Read