Twenty-six new homes are now available for seniors to live independently, affordably and connected to their community in Okanagan Falls.
“Independent, healthy and connected seniors are a key part of vibrant and resilient communities,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Seniors in our province should be able to stay in the communities they helped build, and these homes will provide these seniors in Okanagan Falls with the peace of mind that comes from living in an affordable home close to their friends and family.”
Located at 5081 8th Ave., South Skaha Place is a three-storey apartment building for seniors living independently. The building has 24 one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units. South Skaha Place is in the heart of the village centre within walking distance of shopping centres, parks, medical services and transit.
“The regional district is proud to support this important housing project by waiving development cost charges and providing a grant-in-aid to be applied to development and building permit fees,” said Karla Kozakevich, chair of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS).
The Province provided $5.9 million in funding for the project, as well as construction financing. The RDOS waived development cost charges and provided a property tax exemption for the next 10 years.
The South Skaha Housing Society will operate the building for renters age 55 and over. Rents range between $750 to $975 per month.
“We are very excited and proud to be celebrating the grand opening of South Skaha Place,” said Sharon Davis, director of public relations, South Skaha Housing Society. “It has been a long road since 2005, and our main goal is to keep building and supporting the community’s housing needs. Our great team will continue to rise to the housing challenges in this mighty little town by continuing our efforts in developing partnerships for new projects for seniors and other adults in the area.”
Residents started moving in this week.
Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
- To address the issue of housing affordability for British Columbians, the Province is curbing speculation in B.C.'s housing market and helping build 114,000 affordable market rental, non-profit, supported social housing and owner-purchase housing through partnerships.
- In addition to these 26 homes, the Province is working in partnership to build more than 1,600 new affordable homes in the Okanagan, including:
- Community Housing Fund: 239 affordable rental homes for individuals, families and seniors.
- Indigenous Housing Fund: 59 units of social housing for Indigenous peoples.
- Women’s Transition Housing Fund: 52 units of affordable rental housing for women and children leaving violence.
- Student Housing: 220 student housing beds at UBC Okanagan.
- Units are still available and resident applications are being accepted for South Skaha Place. Interested parties can contact Lock Property Management at 250 492-0346 or email at email@example.com for an application. Applications are also available at the Visitor Centre and Library in Okanagan Falls.
A map showing the location of all announced provincially funded housing projects in B.C. is available online: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC
To learn about the steps the Province is taking to tackle the housing crisis and deliver affordable homes for British Columbians, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/
A backgrounder follows.