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:
View the Community Plan 2011-2014.
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.
Kelowna Community Resources has created a specialized data inventory with ‘real time’ reporting capabilities on housing facilities and related support services for our local service providers to better serve the needs of our community. Community members can also access information about our community services to assist individuals who are at risk of homelessness.
Kelowna Gospel Mission’s Outreach services provides support to individuals in the community who may not be ready, willing or able to access and/or sustain housing due to barriers such as active addiction and/or other obstacles. Kelowna Gospel Mission also provides practical support for homeless individuals who come to the Mission, and will assist individuals in obtaining safe and supportive housing to meet their immediate needs. 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.
Inn from the Cold Kelowna provides outreach services. Their services include providing support, direction, assistance, and advocacy services to a wide variety of clients. Their outreach worker will assist the client to develop supportive relationships in the community; establish and adhere to a schedule and targets to monitor progress towards resolution of problems related to the basic needs of the client. Their outreach worker 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 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
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
COF Grants Manager / Community Entity Manager
Ph: (250) 861-6160