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LETTER: Summerland affordable housing proposal opposed

“For a building that will change the dynamic of a small town, I would have expected more discussion.”

  • Feb 27, 2021

 

A five-storey, 60-unit building has been proposed for 8709 Jubilee Rd. E., Summerland. The proposal will be the subject of a public hearing on March 22. (Image by GTA Architecture)

Affordable housing proposal for Summerland passes first two readings

Five-storey building would have 60 units

 

An approximation of what BC Housing would like to construct on two sites in Vernon for homeless housing. (BC Housing photo)

Need for all housing identified by Vernon Mayor

‘As Mayor of Vernon, the last thing I want to see is a moratorium on supportive housing projects’

  • Feb 23, 2021

 

More affordable housing units are needed not just in Vernon, but all neighbouring jurisdictions and Vernon says it’s time for Coldstream to get on board. (Morning Star file photo)

Okanagan community called out for lack of rental housing

Vernon urging its neighbour to “step up to the plate” and allow more affordable places to lives

More affordable housing units are needed not just in Vernon, but all neighbouring jurisdictions and Vernon says it’s time for Coldstream to get on board. (Morning Star file photo)
A Vernon councillor has put out a notice of motion requesting an audit of all BC Housing projects in the city. Council will review at its next regular meeting Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (BC Housing photo)

Vernon councillor calls for supportive housing audit, citing Penticton motion

Vernon’s largest supportive housing non-profit opposes the audit, which would temporarily suspend all projects

A Vernon councillor has put out a notice of motion requesting an audit of all BC Housing projects in the city. Council will review at its next regular meeting Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (BC Housing photo)
Campbell River has the lowest rental vacancy rate on Vancouver Island. Photo by Marc Kitteringham - Campbell River Mirror

Average Vernon renters aren’t earning enough to own

Housing needs assessment looks at gaps, city weighs rental restrictions

Campbell River has the lowest rental vacancy rate on Vancouver Island. Photo by Marc Kitteringham - Campbell River Mirror
The empty lot which the provincial government plans to build a supportive housing development on at Skaha Lake Road. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Province announces Skaha supportive housing project

The project will provide 50 units for the homeless and people at risk of being homeless

The empty lot which the provincial government plans to build a supportive housing development on at Skaha Lake Road. (Jesse Day - Western News)
An affordable housing project proposed for 612 Main St. is asking for a zoning variance to go up five storeys instead of three. A public hearing on Monday had varied opinions. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

City allows five storeys for affordable housing project

The developer will still need to seek and receive a development permit with their plans

An affordable housing project proposed for 612 Main St. is asking for a zoning variance to go up five storeys instead of three. A public hearing on Monday had varied opinions. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The empty lot at 603 Main Street where council will be considering allowing a five-storey affordable housing building to be built. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The empty lot at 603 Main Street where council will be considering allowing a five-storey affordable housing building to be built. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Cactus Court housing property was intended to have zero barriers for accessibility, but the door sills are visibly above the outer layer of concrete. It is one of the issues that BC Housing is currently working on with the contractor for the project. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Affordable housing projects in Keremeos continue to sit empty

Cactus Court was supposed to be finished around July this year

The Cactus Court housing property was intended to have zero barriers for accessibility, but the door sills are visibly above the outer layer of concrete. It is one of the issues that BC Housing is currently working on with the contractor for the project. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
ASK Wellness Society asked the City of Penticton for their support with an affordable housing project for families and seniors on Nov. 17. (ASK Wellness Society)

Penticton supports ASK Wellness Society affordable housing project

It would mean 83 subsidized housing units for seniors and families

ASK Wellness Society asked the City of Penticton for their support with an affordable housing project for families and seniors on Nov. 17. (ASK Wellness Society)
The empty lot at 603 Main Street where council will be considering allowing a five-storey affordable housing building to be built. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Public hearing to be held on potential downtown Penticton housing development

The hearing will be held on Dec. 7 on whether to allow five-stories instead of three

The empty lot at 603 Main Street where council will be considering allowing a five-storey affordable housing building to be built. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The empty lot at 603 Main Street where council will be considering allowing a five-storey affordable housing building to be built. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton council to weigh allowing five-storey affordable housing development

The development would provide 28 residential units at 603 Main Street

The empty lot at 603 Main Street where council will be considering allowing a five-storey affordable housing building to be built. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
An artist’s rendering of the proposed development that would replace the Hiawatha RV Park in Kelowna. (Contributed)

Eviction notice leaves Kelowna trailer park resident fearing homelessness

44 mobile home units at Hiawatha RV Park were served an eviction notice yesterday, making room for new development

An artist’s rendering of the proposed development that would replace the Hiawatha RV Park in Kelowna. (Contributed)
Residents moved in to Thunderbird Manor in Vernon at the end of May. The 38 affordable units come as part of the province’s initiative to deliver 141 units to the Interior, according to a B.C. government announcement Friday, June 12, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Affordable housing units to open in Keremeos

Residents will be moving into 16 homes for seniors and low-income families in early July

Residents moved in to Thunderbird Manor in Vernon at the end of May. The 38 affordable units come as part of the province’s initiative to deliver 141 units to the Interior, according to a B.C. government announcement Friday, June 12, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
B.C. Premier John Horgan (at right) with LSIB Chief Keith Crow (middle) and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robertson (left) at the announcement in Keremeos about affordable housing in 2019. (Review File Photo)

Lower Similkameen Community Services Society looks to community to keep housing project affordable

The Ambrosia development was refused partially waving of $178,325 in development costs by Council

  • Mar 1, 2020
B.C. Premier John Horgan (at right) with LSIB Chief Keith Crow (middle) and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robertson (left) at the announcement in Keremeos about affordable housing in 2019. (Review File Photo)
Provincially, Ontario has the highest rental rate followed by B.C. (Bullpen Research & Consulting)

Kelowna 14th most expensive city to rent in Canada

The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom unit in the city was $1,313 in December

Provincially, Ontario has the highest rental rate followed by B.C. (Bullpen Research & Consulting)
Village Green Hotel manager Jay Rosenberger is starting a pilot project to provide affordable housing for those who need it. (Brendan Shykora - Morning star)

Okanagan hotel manager plans to turn spare rooms into affordable housing

Village Green Hotel’s Jay Rosenberger has been his own journey of recovery, and now wants to help

Village Green Hotel manager Jay Rosenberger is starting a pilot project to provide affordable housing for those who need it. (Brendan Shykora - Morning star)
B.C. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

B.C. to give municipalities final say over rental zoning

City halls will be required to provide housing needs assessment

B.C. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson, Andrew Sakamoto of the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre and David Hutniak, CEO of LandlordBC, announce new rent restrictions at the B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. to give renters a break on deposits, rent increases

Short-term lease loophole to be closed, Selina Robinson says

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson, Andrew Sakamoto of the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre and David Hutniak, CEO of LandlordBC, announce new rent restrictions at the B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)