Official details on changes to McCurdy Road supportive housing project
City Council received BC Housing’s changes to the operating model for the supportive housing development at 130 McCurdy Road. The key components of the operating model include:
- Successful applicants will be a range of people experiencing homelessness, including those who have identified they want support in their recovery journey, people will mental illness, people with physical disabilities, and youth ages 19 to 24
- All residents will make a commitment to ongoing recovery as part of their residency. All residents will need to commit to not using illegal drugs as part of their individual wellness plan.
- Residents will be selected through the coordinated access table and will sign a program agreement committing to not use illegal drugs on site.
- No overdose prevention site will be located within the McCurdy supportive housing.
- A nurse will be available at the McCurdy supportive housing site seven days a week.
- Additional staff and security will be available for the first six months of operation to ensure a smooth integration.
A motion for reconsideration for zoning was defeated by the majority of Council.
“The mayor, councilors and city staff have been instrumental in working with us to bring a range of much-needed homes to the community – whether for seniors, low- and moderate-income families, or people experiencing homelessness,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This partnership has already helped to bring over 130 other supportive housing units in Kelowna. Recognizing the range of existing supportive housing projects in the community, we are pleased to work with the city on the McCurdy project to help vulnerable residents.”
“City Council is pleased with the changes BC Housing made to the operating model,” says City of Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. “The development is an important step in advancing the Journey Home Strategy which will help to address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.”
In any given year its estimated 2,000 people experience homelessness in Kelowna and another 3,000 are at high risk of becoming homeless. Currently there are over 500 people on BC Housings waiting list to access housing.
To learn more about the Journey Home Strategy please visit journeyhome.ca.