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Youve Seen Him Around Town

Did You Know

Hes Homeless

Not All Homeless Are What You Imagine

Please Help Donate Now

The West Kelowna Shelter Society Needs Your Help

The Emmanuel Church has been operating a severe weather overnight shelter in West Kelowna since 2015. This spring the West Kelowna Shelter Society was formed with a vision of providing a better service to the marginalized and homeless members of our community. The program is still housed in Emmanuel Church facility but with growing need the Society is reaching out to all in this community to help bring about a better building and improved services for this population.

As the cold weather begins we are mindful that our numbers will increase as will the need for more collaboration from the wider community. There is a need for many volunteers who can participate in a variety of ways, from offering time to prepare meals, to serving, washing dishes, socializing with our guests, making cookies and snacks. There is always a need for clothing items such as sweat pants, pjs, t-shirts, socks, underwear, warm gloves and toques. Financial donations are always welcome.

News

Social Infrastructure Fund Agreement June 2016

In June 2016, the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C. announced the 2016 Social Infrastructure Fund Agreement under the Agreement for Investment in Affordable Housing to improve the quality and increase the supply of affordable rental housing in the province.

Under this agreement, the Government of Canada will contribute an additional $150 million and the Province of B.C. will contribute $63 million over a two-year period (from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018). The funding is committed as follows:

  • The Government of Canada and the Province of B.C. are each contributing $63 million towards new construction or renovations to help more individuals and families in need access affordable housing.
  • The Government of Canada is contributing an additional investment of:
    • $25.2 million for the construction, repair and adaption of affordable housing for seniors
    • $10.9 million for the construction and renovation of shelters and transition houses for victims of family violence
    • $50.9 million for renovations to improve the condition of existing social housing and to improve efficiency and reduce energy and water use

In March 2014, the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C. announced an extension of the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement , committing matching contributions of $150 million, for a total additional investment of more than $300 million over five years (from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019) to help more individuals and families in need access affordable housing.

Joint annual funding is committed as follows:

  • $30 million to support and enhance existing programs
  • $30 million toward new construction or renovation
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The West Kelowna Shelter Society is a seasonal emergency shelter whose mission is to strengthen our community.