West­side’s home­less will have place to go

Prov­ince funds tem­po­rary win­ter shel­ter with re­gion’s ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties near or over ca­pac­ity

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN - By Okana­gan Week­end Staff

As the cold­est weather so far this fall hit the Okana­gan, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment re­vealed Fri­day a new tem­po­rary shel­ter for the home­less will open in West Kelowna.

The 40-bed shel­ter will open some­time be­fore Christ­mas in First United Church at 3672 Brown Rd. and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The prov­ince is fund­ing the win­ter shel­ter in part­ner­ship with the City of West Kelowna and the West Kelowna Shel­ter So­ci­ety.

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing a warm, dry and safe place to sleep dur­ing the win­ter, the shel­ter will also have ac­cess to laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties, show­ers and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the home­less to meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from health care and other so­cial ser­vice agen­cies to get ad­di­tional help.

The prov­ince was prompted to add the tem­po­rary shel­ter in West Kelowna be­cause the four ex­ist­ing, provin­cially funded shel­ters in the Cen­tral Okana­gan are near ca­pac­ity or over ca­pac­ity.

Those four are the 60-bed Kelowna’s Gospel Mis­sion, Now Canada’s shel­ter for women and chil­dren, with 20 beds, the 80bed Cor­ner­stone shel­ter in down­town Kelowna and Inn From the Cold on Suther­land Av­enue, with 35 beds.

More tem­po­rary shel­ters and ex­tremeweather shel­ters may be added through­out the sea­son if needed, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and Hous­ing news re­lease.

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