CMHA Kelowna has been housing vulnerable people in Kelowna for more than twenty years.
Having a safe, affordable roof over your head is something to which we should all have access. Navigating the many resources to find housing, financial assistance, health care and specific services to promote wellness and recover can be extremely difficult without help. CMHA Kelowna strives to break the cycle of homelessness by supporting people to find a good place to call home.
We proudly operate four buildings that provide housing and a variety of supports for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our years of experience and knowledge gained from housing vulnerable individuals allows us to continue to successfully do so at all of our properties. In the same way that we are committed to working with this vulnerable population, CMHA Kelowna is determined to create a safe and inclusive community where anyone can call home.
Funded by BC Housing and the Central Okanagan Foundation, our Homelessness Service team works in collaboration with other community agencies in order to best meet the needs of this vulnerable population. We do this through:
- Homelessness Outreach Navigator
The first point of contact for individuals who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Financial Assistance through our Rent Supplements or one-time Utility Relief subsidies.
- Case Management (Housing First, Rapid Rehousing & Market Rental Supportive Housing)
Our team provides recovery-oriented and harm reduction focused case management and housing support to complex and vulnerable individuals.
- Scattered Sites Program
CMHA Kelowna works with community landlords and acts as the leaseholder in order to provide housing for those can live independently but with some support.
Youth Services (In Partnership with A Way Home Canada)
We have two streams of service available for youth aged 16-24 who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing homelessness: Rapid Rehousing and Housing First for Youth. These services are designed to support youth with finding and maintaining housing that is safe, affordable, and appropriate, as well as provide youth with supports that focus on wellness and social inclusion.