Healthy Housing Strategy

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Our Homes - Today & Tomorrow

The City of Kelowna and Interior Health Authority partnered to develop a Healthy City Strategy, a long term, integrative plan that focuses on healthy places and spaces, community health, and quality of life for all Kelowna residents. The second theme area, Healthy Housing, is the focus in 2018.

Housing is on the tops of minds across the country. Kelowna, like many other cities across Canada, is facing rapidly escalating housing costs, extremely low rental vacancy and increased population growth.

In order to positively impact the housing challenges in Kelowna, a Healthy Housing Strategy has recently been drafted. This Strategy was built using significant research from the Housing Needs Assessment as well as engagement with the public and key stakeholders.

During the first phase of engagement we received insight into attitudes and challenges regarding housing, and heard some key highlights:

  • Affordability was the value that was ranked highest as a priority for the Healthy Housing Strategy, with stability and accessibility for all ages and abilities ranking close behind.
  • Residents are interested in a variety of housing forms and tenure to further improve Kelowna’s state of housing; and
  • The majority of respondents agreed that developers and government both play a role in providing affordable housing units to residents.

Residents were invited to join the City of Kelowna for an information session to discuss the proposed actions for the Healthy Housing Strategy, May 9 and had the opportunity to share input their via an online survey until May 14.

The proposed actions in detail can be found to the right under "Document Library".

Keep informed on the Healthy Housing Strategy by subscribing to e-Updates.

Our Homes - Today & Tomorrow

The City of Kelowna and Interior Health Authority partnered to develop a Healthy City Strategy, a long term, integrative plan that focuses on healthy places and spaces, community health, and quality of life for all Kelowna residents. The second theme area, Healthy Housing, is the focus in 2018.

Housing is on the tops of minds across the country. Kelowna, like many other cities across Canada, is facing rapidly escalating housing costs, extremely low rental vacancy and increased population growth.

In order to positively impact the housing challenges in Kelowna, a Healthy Housing Strategy has recently been drafted. This Strategy was built using significant research from the Housing Needs Assessment as well as engagement with the public and key stakeholders.

During the first phase of engagement we received insight into attitudes and challenges regarding housing, and heard some key highlights:

  • Affordability was the value that was ranked highest as a priority for the Healthy Housing Strategy, with stability and accessibility for all ages and abilities ranking close behind.
  • Residents are interested in a variety of housing forms and tenure to further improve Kelowna’s state of housing; and
  • The majority of respondents agreed that developers and government both play a role in providing affordable housing units to residents.

Residents were invited to join the City of Kelowna for an information session to discuss the proposed actions for the Healthy Housing Strategy, May 9 and had the opportunity to share input their via an online survey until May 14.

The proposed actions in detail can be found to the right under "Document Library".

Keep informed on the Healthy Housing Strategy by subscribing to e-Updates.

Tell your story

We know through the recent Citizen Survey that housing is one of the most important issues facing Kelowna residents and a top priority for investment by encouraging a diverse supply of housing at different price points.

Complete the survey and share your stories.

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Thank you for sharing your story. All stories undergo a moderation process and will be published publicly if they meet the posting guidelines.


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    STOP HARBOURING THIS FRENZIED STATE OF HOUSING.

    by Telenjia, over 2 years ago

    Good Morning;

    I moved to Kelowna 3 years ago after moving from Ontario.  It was difficult to find affordable housing that allowed pets.

    I had owned a home in Ontario so I had no "rental" history and had to pay 6 months of rent in advance in order to secure the only apartment that didn't cost over $1200.00/ month and allowed my cat.

    I still feel uneasy living in such a pet unfriendly city.  I feel that property management companies are uneducated on animal care and cannot identify what makes a  responsible animal owner.  On the other side of the... Continue reading

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    Unable to find an apartment for my family

    by CESAROSORIO , over 2 years ago

    Hello, 

    I love Kelowna but it is impossible to find a suitable apartment for my family of 2 children and 2 adults. Most of the available units are for adult residents only. The costs are really expensive compared to other cities in Canada,  I would like to request the City of Kelowna to build apartment buildings or coordinate some sort of business with a company that will provide a solution to this problem. Because of this problem we had to go back to our country of origin in South America like a year ago and still reading headlines saying that... Continue reading

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    We appreciate hearing from you.

    by korourke, over 2 years ago

    Thank you for taking the time to share your stories. We hope others will share their housing experiences as well.

    The information we receive will be reviewed as part of the development of the City of Kelowna's Healthy Housing Strategy.

    Sincerely,

    Michelle Kam

    Project Manager

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    Too much red tape for owner builders

    by doucettegary, over 2 years ago

    I'm a home builder from New Brunswick. Moved to Kelowna 3 years ago to be near family. Could not believe how expensive building lots are in BC. Would love to build a home here but what we sold our house for in NB wouldn't even buy us a lot here (if you could even find one). On top of that you can't build your own house here unless you apply to the government and pay excessive fees & warranties. No wonder you have a housing crisis here in Kelowna. The big builders  have the housing market sewn up due in... Continue reading

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    Can't live alone with my spouse.

    by Jade C2, over 2 years ago

    I own my home and when I got Married my spouse moved in.  Before marriage and after our income is not enough to fully pay for the utilities, maintenance, property tax, insurance etc. for the house so we have shared accommodation tenants - 4 of them! and only 1 bathroom in the house. It's the only way we can pay for our little duplex unit. We can't afford to move and pay rent and utilities elsewhere and when we tried to sell our house and move to a less expensive community we were told we would have to put thousands... Continue reading

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    not affordable

    by datum999, over 2 years ago

    A while ago i was looking to move to kelowna for a career change. I had to say no to all of them. at the time it was 1200 to 1700 a month for just a shared living arrangement. That was xompletely unaffordable.

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    Middle-Income Affordable Housing

    by Bernice L, over 2 years ago

    I am a middle income earner, single woman, mid-50's and I remember when "affordable housing" referred to lower income, minimum wage earners. Now I find myself desperate for "affordable" housing as my rent in Kelowna is more than one pay cheque, my 2nd pay cheque of the month barely covers electricity (ouch!), medical bills, gas (I live where I have to drive to work) and if I'm lucky I can afford some food at the end of it all. Sad that at my stage of life food is the last thing on my list I look at buying and I... Continue reading