Journey Home

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We're committed to developing a safe and inclusive community where people from all walks of life can find their home.

Journey Home is the strategy to address homelessness in our community with a focus on ensuring everyone has a place to call home. The long-term goal is to ensure a coordinated and easy-to-access system of care for those in Kelowna who have lost, or are at risk of losing their home.

The strategy will be an action plan that focuses on:

  • Ensuring a safe and healthy community for all citizens
  • Working toward Functional Zero - addressing homelessness; and when it occurs, ensuring it is rare, short-lived and non-reoccurring
  • Promoting collaboration and coordination of services and resources to support those who are vulnerable
  • Developing appropriate diverse forms of housing
  • Developing a strategy for long-term funding
  • Developing multi-sector partnerships so that public investment can be targeted towards the goal of reducing homelessness

For more information about Journey Home, visit kelowna.ca/journeyhome.

Follow the journey and sign up for updates.


We're committed to developing a safe and inclusive community where people from all walks of life can find their home.

Journey Home is the strategy to address homelessness in our community with a focus on ensuring everyone has a place to call home. The long-term goal is to ensure a coordinated and easy-to-access system of care for those in Kelowna who have lost, or are at risk of losing their home.

The strategy will be an action plan that focuses on:

  • Ensuring a safe and healthy community for all citizens
  • Working toward Functional Zero - addressing homelessness; and when it occurs, ensuring it is rare, short-lived and non-reoccurring
  • Promoting collaboration and coordination of services and resources to support those who are vulnerable
  • Developing appropriate diverse forms of housing
  • Developing a strategy for long-term funding
  • Developing multi-sector partnerships so that public investment can be targeted towards the goal of reducing homelessness

For more information about Journey Home, visit kelowna.ca/journeyhome.

Follow the journey and sign up for updates.

Consultation has concluded
  • Ki Low Na Friendship Society & Central Okanagan Foodbank

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    by Amanda, Communications Consultant, over 2 years ago

    Community organizations like the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society and the Central Okanagan Foodbank act as a safety net, supporting those in need to help prevent homelessness. They are essential to Journey Home’s vision to have a clear place to go for support if someone is about to lose or has lost their home.

    Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society offers more than 30 culturally appropriate programs that support the community from preventing homelessness through to assisting people into housing.

    The Central Okanagan Foodbank serves up to 3,500 Kelowna residents per month. Thirty-three per cent are children under the age of 15. Twelve per cent...

    Community organizations like the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society and the Central Okanagan Foodbank act as a safety net, supporting those in need to help prevent homelessness. They are essential to Journey Home’s vision to have a clear place to go for support if someone is about to lose or has lost their home.

    Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society offers more than 30 culturally appropriate programs that support the community from preventing homelessness through to assisting people into housing.

    The Central Okanagan Foodbank serves up to 3,500 Kelowna residents per month. Thirty-three per cent are children under the age of 15. Twelve per cent are seniors.

    Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society and the Central Okanagan Foodbank are just two of more than 50 community partners that are working to help prevent and address homelessness.



    Find out about Journey Home, housing and other community initiatives at kelowna.ca/journeyhome.

  • BC Housing

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    by Amanda, Communications Consultant, over 2 years ago

    BC Housing is leading work with local service providers to use a coordinated approach to assess individuals’ needs and to support them into housing. The organization has more than 3000 units in Kelowna.

    The City has partnered with BC Housing on seven projects by contributing land to BC Housing for projects like:

    • Cardington Apartments
    • Tutt Street Apartments
    • Willowbridge Apartments
    • New Gate Apartments
    • Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society (i spa-us ki-low-na Heart of Kelowna)

    BC Housing is leading work with local service providers to use a coordinated approach to assess individuals’ needs and to support them into housing. The organization has more than 3000 units in Kelowna.

    The City has partnered with BC Housing on seven projects by contributing land to BC Housing for projects like:

    • Cardington Apartments
    • Tutt Street Apartments
    • Willowbridge Apartments
    • New Gate Apartments
    • Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society (i spa-us ki-low-na Heart of Kelowna)

  • Bylaw Enforcement and RCMP partnership

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    by Amanda, Communications Consultant, over 2 years ago

    Kelowna has a lot of “feet on the street,” with City of Kelowna Bylaw Enforcement and RCMP working with Park Ambassadors, Downtown Patrol teams, private security and Transit Security to keep streets and parks clean and safe.

    Bylaw Enforcement and RCMP focus on making connections with people living without homes. They encourage and support them to access services while balancing the need to ensure that bylaws are followed to help keep the community safe for everyone.

    Kelowna has a lot of “feet on the street,” with City of Kelowna Bylaw Enforcement and RCMP working with Park Ambassadors, Downtown Patrol teams, private security and Transit Security to keep streets and parks clean and safe.

    Bylaw Enforcement and RCMP focus on making connections with people living without homes. They encourage and support them to access services while balancing the need to ensure that bylaws are followed to help keep the community safe for everyone.

  • Journey Home Strategy

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    over 2 years ago

    Journey Home is the long-term strategy that will bring together community services. The vision is to have a clear place to go for support if someone has or is about to lose their home. The “no wrong door” approach means any agency can connect an individual with the services they need.

    A task force will help develop the Journey Home strategy. Lead by co-chairs Martin Bell and Dr. Kyleen Myrah, the task force includes 19 community-based members.

    The strategy will be an action plan that focuses on:

    • Ensuring a safe and healthy community for all citizens;

    Journey Home is the long-term strategy that will bring together community services. The vision is to have a clear place to go for support if someone has or is about to lose their home. The “no wrong door” approach means any agency can connect an individual with the services they need.

    A task force will help develop the Journey Home strategy. Lead by co-chairs Martin Bell and Dr. Kyleen Myrah, the task force includes 19 community-based members.

    The strategy will be an action plan that focuses on:

    • Ensuring a safe and healthy community for all citizens;
    • Addressing homelessness; and when it occurs, ensuring it is rare, short-lived and non-reoccurring;
    • Developing appropriate housing;
    • Promoting collaboration and coordination of services and resources to support those who are vulnerable;
    • Developing multi-sector partnerships so that public investment can be targeted towards the goal of reducing homelessness.


  • Canadian Mental Health Association Housing First Program

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    over 2 years ago

    The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) currently has 21 people in supported housing through their Housing First program. The organization also runs Willowbridge transitional housing (40 beds), and other housing assistance programs.

    "..once they're housed then they have a worker who can find them. They've got a place to store their stuff. We can start helping organize. We can connect them to brain injury services. We can connect them to those things that help them..." Keni Milne, Housing First Team Lead.

    The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) currently has 21 people in supported housing through their Housing First program. The organization also runs Willowbridge transitional housing (40 beds), and other housing assistance programs.

    "..once they're housed then they have a worker who can find them. They've got a place to store their stuff. We can start helping organize. We can connect them to brain injury services. We can connect them to those things that help them..." Keni Milne, Housing First Team Lead.

  • Transitional storage program at the Gospel Mission

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    almost 3 years ago

    A transitional storage program in partnership with the City of Kelowna, BC Housing and Gospel Mission.

    In the first six months, 32 individuals who accessed the storage program have moved on into housing. An increase of 26 individuals began using the shelter system for the first time after accessing the storage program.

    For people living without homes, being able to store their belongings can be transformational. It offers an opportunity to connect with services like appointments and meals, without fear of losing their belongings.


    A transitional storage program in partnership with the City of Kelowna, BC Housing and Gospel Mission.

    In the first six months, 32 individuals who accessed the storage program have moved on into housing. An increase of 26 individuals began using the shelter system for the first time after accessing the storage program.

    For people living without homes, being able to store their belongings can be transformational. It offers an opportunity to connect with services like appointments and meals, without fear of losing their belongings.


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