Community Entity

The Community Entity supports the Community Advisory Board on Homelessness and is responsible for managing the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funds under the Government of Canada.  The organizations in receipt of the HPS funds must address one or more of the three priorities outlined in the Community Plan 2011-2014.  The three priorities are:

  1. Housing coordinator/case-worker(s) and outreach to provide ongoing support to individuals who are episodically homeless or at-risk to acquire and sustain housing including transitional, supportive and market housing with community reconnection.
  2. Community-based case-workers and outreach to provide longer-term engagement and practical supports for chronically homeless and at-risk individuals who may not be ready, willing or able to access or sustain housing due to active addiction and/or other barriers.
  3. Information exchange - Enhanced community capacity to meet the needs of homeless and at-risk individuals through providing real-time housing information, and increasing support staff awareness of available community services.

View the Community Plan 2011-2014.

Download the Community Entity Agreement Activities.


Kelowna’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy Projects


The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society provides case management and outreach services for both aboriginal and non-aboriginal individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in our community.  Their outreach team makes community outreach trips in partnership with other community agencies to locate persons who are experiencing homelessness with a focus on identifying and addressing immediate basic needs to reduce or remove any barriers that might be hindering those individuals from finding housing.  The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society outreach will also assist clients to find and keep safe and affordable housing.


Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA’s) Community Housing Navigator provides ongoing practical support for people who are experiencing homelessness sporadically or who may be at risk of being homeless due to inability to find suitable housing, including transitional housing, supportive housing and market housing.  The Navigation team works in partnership with other community agencies to meet the immediate and basic needs of individuals and families to reduce or remove any barriers that might be impeding their ability to attain housing. CMHA’s Navigation team also works with each client to support mental health needs when necessary.

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs work with our local youth who are faced with eviction and work towards re-housing as soon as possible.  The Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs will offer the services of Richter Street Low Barrier Emergency Shelter and Penny Lane Youth Transition House for at-risk youth.  Their Wrap-around services include Reconnect, Youth Employment Services, Outreach Mental Health, and Club 180 (recreation programs for at-risk youth).  They provide youth with opportunities to develop and build on skills, address current barriers and stabilize their circumstances beyond emergency needs.


Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy

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For more information about the Central Okanagan Foundation's Community Entity program, please contact:

Mia Burgess
Community Entity Coordinator
E: mia@centralokanaganfoundation.org
Ph: (778) 214-4469 or (250) 861-6160

Alternate contact:
Cheryl Miller
Director of Grants and Communitity Initiatives / Community Entity Manager
E: cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org
Ph: (250) 861-6160



The Interior Health Authority has released a Request for Expression of Interest for Community Engagement Activities in Support of Housing First on BC Bid. Please see attached Request for Expression of Interest document. 

Request for Expression of Interest document