Senior’s Housing FAQs
1. How can I rent an affordable housing unit with the Society of Hope?
Those who wish to rent a unit with the Society must first complete a Society of Hope housing application. Once the application is fully completed applicants are placed on a waiting list. When a unit becomes available, an applicant is chosen from the waiting list. Application forms are available at our office or may be downloaded from this website.
Please note: The Society of Hope maintains a separate application and waiting list from BC Housing and all other non-profit housing providers in the Central Okanagan. If you have not filled out a Society of Hope housing application, you are not on its list.
2. Who is Senior’s Housing for?
Independent living for seniors 55 yrs and older. Rent is related to income.
3. This is an emergency, I need a place to live by the end of the month - can you help me?
Unfortunately, the Society of Hope does not provide emergency housing. Please contact the Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre at 250-762-2355 or Kelowna Community Resources at 250-863-8008 for current listings of emergency housing.
4. Where am I on the waiting list?
The Society is not able to provide this information since new applications are taken every week and the priority of placement is constantly changing. As a result, the Society only reviews the priority of the waiting list when a unit becomes available. Regrettably, a new placement can only be made when one of the existing tenants give notice to move.
5. How many Seniors units does the Society manage?
The Society rents 377 units on 8 sites in the Central Okanagan.
- Apple Valley 1 – Near Orchard Park
- Apple Valley 2 – Near Orchard Park
- Apple Valley 3 – Near Orchard Park- Coming Spring of 2018
- Birch Manor – Rutland
- Cedar Manor – Rutland
- Cedar Court – District of Lake Country
- Pinewood Villas – District of Lake Country
- Woodsdale Place – District of Lake Country
- Providence Ridge – Glenmore
- Pleasantvale – North end Kelowna
6. How much is rent? The Society operates under a variety of Housing programs. The Society has rental rates for a variety of income ranges. Some units rent at market rental rates. Many units rent for approximately 30% of the applicant's gross monthly income, but for other units, rent is set at the low-end-of-market rents. (This is typically 10% below market rental rates.) Some seniors, aged 60 years or older, may quality for S.A.F.E.R. subsidies through BC Housing. Please see www.bchousing.org for more information.
7. How much income do I need?
Some housing units rent at 30% of a person’s income. These units have a minimum rent however. Some units rent at 10% below market rates. For these units a person’s income must be approximately $1,500.00 to $1,700.00 per month.
The Society checks references that have been supplied by the applicant. Having good rental references is very helpful to an applicant. The Society will not make temporary, inappropriate housing placements.
9. I’ll take anything and move later:
The Society of Hope places people in appropriately sized units for their household based upon CMHC guidelines.
10. Are these no smoking buildings?
Smoking policy varies from building to building. The Society is transitioning all housing projects toward non-smoking buildings. Smoking is not permitted in common areas of the building, in suites or on balconies.
11. Are there unit lay-out plans to look at?
Visit the Society of Hope web site for images of buildings. There are so many different unit floor plans that it is not possible to post floor plans.
12. Is Parking included in rent?
No, parking is charged above rent. Parking rates vary and are site specific. The Property Manager will provide details when a unit becomes available. As a guideline, covered parking is $30.00 per month – open air parking is $10.00 per month.
13. What appliances are included in the rent?
All Senior’s units come equipped with a fridge, stove, and air conditioner.
14. What method can I pay rent?
All tenants are requested to pay rent by Pre-authorized Debit (PAD).
15. Are there any meals provided?
No – each apartment unit is self-contained and has its own kitchen. There are common “Community rooms” for Tenants that desire to put on a coordinated event.
16. Is there a Tenant's organization for social events?
The Society encourages Tenants to set up a Tenant's Organization to conduct social events. Some sites have active groups, but others do not.
17. Is electricity included in the rent?
No – Each Tenant must make arrangements with Fortis BC or BC Hydro for their own electricity.
18. Are there laundry facilities in the building?
Varies from site to site. Many units are plumbed for a washer and dryer. Some buildings provide common coin-operated laundry rooms.
19. Can I have a BBQ on my deck?
No - due to fire risk.
20. What about Pets?
The Society has a pet policy. A tenant may keep the following animals as a pet:
- a bird;
- a fish;
- a rodent;
Cedar Court in Lake Country permits one dog or one cat provided the Tenant enters into a “Pet Agreement.”
21. Do I need personal belongings insurance?
Tenants are encouraged to carry adequate insurance coverage for fire, smoke, water damage and theft, on their own possessions. Tenants may be held liable for accidental injury, damage or breakage arising from the Tenants abusive, willful or negligent act or omission, or that of their guests.
22. Community Gardens – Is there a place I can garden?
Yes. Some sites provide community gardens. These are designated on a first-come first served basis.
KEEP YOUR FILE UP – TO – DATE.
It is essential that we have a current phone number so we can reach you when a unit becomes available. We encourage you to keep your contact information up to date.