More transitional housing now complete for people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna

Almost three months after 60 tiny homes opened in downtown Kelowna, B.C., a second transitional housing site is finally complete. “We’re going to be providing housing to 60 people who are currently experiencing homelessness in our community and this is going to be a stepping stone for them so it’s transitional housing for individuals,” said Tara Tschritter, Turning Points Collaborative Society’s regional director of the Southern Interior.

Turning Points Collaborative Society is the operator of the site known as Trailside, which is located between the Okanagan Rail Trail and Highway 97. The new location will provide 60 homes to people experiencing homelessness who are 55 and over and people with physical disabilities. “A lot of our folks are currently living in our shelters, some people are living in their vehicles, some people are living outside,” Tschritter said.

According to Tschritter, the oldest resident who will reside at Trailside is in his 80s. “It’s quite heartbreaking the amount of people we are seeing cycle into homelessness simply due to the lack of affordability,” Tschritter said. Turning Points gave media a tour of the facility on Tuesday ahead of the first residents moving into the modular housing on Wednesday.

Residents will all have a room to themselves, which includes a bed, dresser, desk, chair and TV. The facility includes a kitchen and dining room where two meals a day will be served. There will also be life skills programming in place and residents can access connections to community services. In addition, there will be licensed practical nurses and care aides working on-site to help residents develop self-care plans.

The transitional housing is meant to help people eventually secure a more permanent living situation. “So we see that people will be probably staying with us anywhere from three months to two years, I would imagine,” Tschritter said.

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