In response to an urgent need for more supportive housing in the community, BC Housing has identified a new location to develop a 62-unit housing project for Penticton residents who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
The Province is purchasing property at 594 and 600 Winnipeg St. This location is ideal for supportive housing, due to its close proximity to social services in the downtown core, as well as public transit routes.
The new homes are part of the Building BC: Rapid Response to Homelessness program. They will be built by Penticton’s Metric Modular, which will support growth of the region’s economy.
The building will be operated by ASK Wellness, a non-profit housing operator that is experienced working with people experiencing homelessness. The building will be staffed 24/7 to provide support services, such as access to mental health and addiction recovery programs, life skills training and employment skills programming.
Applicants will go through a thorough assessment process to ensure the building has an appropriate mix of tenants matched up with the right supports.
Construction is expected to begin in fall 2018, and be complete by spring 2019.
BC Housing is inviting neighbouring residents and businesses to learn more about the project at an information session on Sept. 10, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cheers the Church, 639 Main St.
- These 62 homes will be funded through the Building BC: Rapid Response to Homelessness program. This is part of a provincewide investment of $291 million to build 2,000 homes throughout B.C., and more than $170 million over three years for 24/7 staffing and support services.
- Budget 2018 provides further supports for people experiencing homelessness, with funding for an additional 2,500 new units of supportive housing and support services.
- The Province will be working with people with lived experience, local governments and community partners to develop a homelessness action plan, to reduce homelessness through permanent housing and services.
Project updates and further information can be found here: https://www.bchousing.org/partner-services/public-engagement/projects/penticton-supportive-housing