BC Housing

BC Housing has released a request for proposals to find a contractor that will conduct an economics of mass timber study. The bidding process closes April 28, 2021. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

BC Housing to study economics of using mass timber for affordable housing

The affordable housing agency sees mass timber as an opportunity to reduce building-related GHG emissions

 

The city asking the public if they want to pursue legal action against the province and their decision to override the city on the Victory Church issue. (Jesse Day Western News)

Penticton ready to sue province over homeless shelter

City council voted unanimously to authorize legal action

 

The Victory Church shelter has been a source of contention between city council and the provincial government minister of housing David Eby. (Jesse Day)

Penticton council calls on Union of B.C. Municipalities to support them in fight against province

Mayor John Vassilaki sent a letter asking for UBCM’s support over the Victory Church shelter

 

The battle over Victory Church shelter continues as city council went into a closed meeting Tuesday to talk about litigation. (Jesse Day Western News)

Penticton council holds closed meeting on legal action after letter from BC Housing

Without adequate supports, shelters are just ‘legalized drug dens,’ says coun. Robinson

The battle over Victory Church shelter continues as city council went into a closed meeting Tuesday to talk about litigation. (Jesse Day Western News)
Minister of Housing David Eby called Penticton city council’s decision to try and close a shelter housing 42 people ‘disgraceful’ while opposition leader Shirley Bond called Eby a bully on Thursday morning. (File photo)

Opposition leader takes Minister Eby to task over Penticton shelter handling

The two politicians shared jabs during the Thursday morning session of the Provincial Legislature

Minister of Housing David Eby called Penticton city council’s decision to try and close a shelter housing 42 people ‘disgraceful’ while opposition leader Shirley Bond called Eby a bully on Thursday morning. (File photo)
Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki said they are waiting for an official letter from the province on the Victory Church shelter before seeking legal action. (Western News file photo)

BC Housing, landlord in Penticton’s legal crosshairs over Victory Church shelter

The city and council are waiting for a written declaration from the province invoking their powers

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki said they are waiting for an official letter from the province on the Victory Church shelter before seeking legal action. (Western News file photo)
Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)

BC Housing to use provincial powers to keep Penticton shelter open

Penticton council voted Tuesday to reject the shelter’s extension for a second time

Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)
BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be extended until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be a shelter April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton council unanimously rejects BC Housing Victory Church shelter extension a second time

Council rejected BC Housing’s request to reconsider their previous decision

BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be extended until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be a shelter April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
This is Compass Court on Main St., the former Super 8. (Western News file photo)

BC Housing involved in over 30 Penticton housing projects

The province is partially responsible for over 1,000 residential units in the city

This is Compass Court on Main St., the former Super 8. (Western News file photo)
Penticton’s Burdock House supportive housing on Winnipeg St. is one of the B.C. Housing buildings the City of Penticton wants audited. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

South Okanagan shelter debate delays BC Housing audit

Council was provided with a plan for an audit the same day they rejected the permit extension request

Penticton’s Burdock House supportive housing on Winnipeg St. is one of the B.C. Housing buildings the City of Penticton wants audited. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be extended until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be a shelter April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton homeless shelter to stay open with or without council support says Minister

Province will keep the shelter operational until new housing is available at Skaha, says Eby

BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be extended until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be a shelter April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be extended until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be a shelter April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton city council meets to discuss BC Housing demands

BC Housing said it may override council’s decision to reject shelter extension

BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be extended until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be a shelter April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
My Place, supportive housing for those transitioning out of homelessness, pictured before opening in 2019 in Vernon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon councillor urges Coldstream to increase affordable housing projects

Coun. Akbal Mund’s motion comes at the same time Coun. Scott Anderson is calling for an audit of local housing projects

My Place, supportive housing for those transitioning out of homelessness, pictured before opening in 2019 in Vernon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
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 audit of city’s supportive housing projects

The city’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)
A 103-micro unit apartment building on Lakeshore Road is scheduled to be completed this spring. (Vita illustration)

Homeless, senior and starter housing builds in Vernon

Projects coming at a time when it is increasingly difficult for many to afford a roof over their head

A 103-micro unit apartment building on Lakeshore Road is scheduled to be completed this spring. (Vita illustration)
Two rental-only apartment buildings at 726 Clement Avenue, located across the street from the Kelowna RCMP detachment. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Province opens ‘middle income’ housing in Kelowna

Prices on the units are $1,300 for a one-bedroom and $1,550 for a two-bedroom, nearing area-average prices

Two rental-only apartment buildings at 726 Clement Avenue, located across the street from the Kelowna RCMP detachment. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Second section of major Vernon road closed for a month

Second section of major Vernon road closed for a month

Pleasant Valley Road closed for housing project in 4000 block, in addition to closure at Silver Star Road

Second section of major Vernon road closed for a month
An approximation of the 52-unit building BC Housing intends to construct at 2600 35th Street in Vernon, attached to the existing My Place supportive housing site. A virtual neighbourhood meeting to discuss the project is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (BC Housing photo)

Online discussion planned for Vernon supportive housing project

Virtual neighbourhood information session on 52-unit project set for Aug. 26

An approximation of the 52-unit building BC Housing intends to construct at 2600 35th Street in Vernon, attached to the existing My Place supportive housing site. A virtual neighbourhood meeting to discuss the project is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (BC Housing photo)
British Columbians worried as end of COVID-19 rental supplement looms

British Columbians worried as end of COVID-19 rental supplement looms

Single mom struggles as supplement was her saving grace

British Columbians worried as end of COVID-19 rental supplement looms
Stephen Village, a supportive housing complex located at 2025 Agassiz Road in Kelowna, B.C. (BC Housing photo)

51-unit Kelowna supportive housing opens next month

Stephen Village will provide housing for people who have struggled to find stable housing

Stephen Village, a supportive housing complex located at 2025 Agassiz Road in Kelowna, B.C. (BC Housing photo)