Non permanent homeless shelter in downtown Kelowna receives extension

2021-04-07 03:31:50

Because the battle over an emergency shelter facility continues within the South Okanagan, the Metropolis of Kelowna has moved to permit one of many Central Okanagan’s latest non permanent shelters to remain in place, for now.

“It means extra folks inside and no person on the road,” stated Carmen Rempel, government director of the Kelowna Gospel Mission.

The Kelowna Gospel Mission opened the ability at Doyle Avenue and Bertram Road in December, in a constructing previously occupied by the Kelowna Each day Courier newspaper.

The choice was made by B.C. Housing and the Metropolis of Kelowna, based on Rempel.

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“What it means for these utilizing the shelter is that they don’t have to depart,” stated Rempel. “They don’t should be spending the summer season sleeping exterior.”

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Whereas Rempel hopes the Doyle Road emergency shelter it operates will keep open longer, the Gospel Mission has been granted an extension till the tip of September.

Like many B.C. cities, the homeless state of affairs stays a problem in Kelowna.

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Non permanent shelters, just like the one on Doyle Avenue, provide help to those that discover themselves homeless, in addition to serving to cut back the influence on the neighbourhoods, based on Rempel.

“What I’ve heard from speaking to native enterprise house owners is definitely how a lot they admire having a shelter open proper on Doyle (Avenue), as a result of they discover there’s much less unfavourable interplay with folks experiencing homelessness coming into their retailers,” Rempel stated.

“I’m glad that the neighbours are additionally pleased about us staying open.”

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In Penticton, metropolis council rejected an extension for the Victory Church shelter, which was set to close down on March 31.

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It stays open regardless of Penticton metropolis council denying a request from BC Housing to increase the shelter’s non permanent lease for an additional 12 months.

The allow was to run out on March 31, however the province stepped in and overruled metropolis council’s choice, sparking a feud.

The Metropolis of Penticton has requested for suggestions from its residents to find out if it ought to embark on a authorized problem in opposition to B.C. Housing, which is a department of the B.C. authorities that’s financially accountable for sustaining emergency shelters.

Penticton’s mayor stated the authorized battle to close down the non permanent shelter, which the province has vowed to interact in, might value native taxpayers upwards of $200,000.

In Kelowna, the Doyle Avenue shelter location is slated for future growth that can accommodate a downtown location of UBC Okanagan.

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