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 two priorities that the organizations in receipt of the HPS funds must address are outlined in the Community Plan 2014-2019. The two priorities are:
Priority 1: To reduce homelessness through a Housing First (HF) approach.
Priority 2: To improve the self-sufficiency of homeless individuals and families and those who are at imminent risk of homelessness through individualized services.
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.
New Opportunities for Women (NOW) Canada provides ongoing support to improve the self-sufficiency of homeless individuals and families and those who are at imminent risk of homelessness through individualized services. Activities include: housing placement in Essentials- safe housing, connecting clients to income supports, life skills development (relapse prevention, demonstrating positive attitudes and behaviours, anger management, team working, self-esteem, budgeting, critical thinking, boundaries), pre-employment support (identifying employability options, developing a resume, cover letter, interview skills), individualized client support (referrals to doctors, mental health workers), case planning, support when vulnerable and in danger of relapse, assistance for participants who relapse, referrals to treatment centres, coordinating with the Ministry of Children and Family Development for participants and/or their children with Ministry involvement, referrals to culturally specific assistance, and support in attending meetings. All the above group and one-on-one supports help improve clients’ social integration.
Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy
For more information about the Central Okanagan Foundation's Community Entity program, please contact:
Community Entity Coordinator
Ph: (778) 214-4469 or (250) 861-6160
Director of Grants and Communitity Initiatives / Community Entity Manager
Ph: (250) 861-6160