Apple Valley Building 3 Frequently Asked Questions:
The Society of Hope Mission Statement “Providing Quality Affordable Housing”
Who is the building for?
Independent living for seniors 55 yrs and older. All units are rental units.
How many units?
There are 47 units in Building 3 (72 units in Building I, 78 units in Building 2)
· 14 - 2 bedroom units 970 sq. Ft. Balcony
· 29 - 1 bedroom units 576 Sq. Ft. Balcony
· 4 - Wheel Chair units 645 Sq. Ft. No Balcony
How much are the market rents?
One bedroom units $837
Two bedroom units $1195
(Please note: final rental rates are estimates only. Rates may vary depending on interest rates and market conditions.)
How are units subsidized?
The project blends low end of market rents with reduced rents and S.A.F.E.R. (Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters) subsidies are available for all qualified senior applicants -
For more information please go to the BC Housing website and look for S.A.F.E.R. information. www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance
Does the Government provide monthly subsidies to the Society of Hope for Apple Valley subsidized units?
No. The Society must manage the property from rental incomes it charges. The Provincial Government has provided a generous one-time equity contribution of $4,560,000 to make this project possible. The Government of BC has also arranged $9.9 million in construction financing for this project. The Society of Hope has invested $1.5 million in land equity for the project.
How much is the subsidized rent?
The Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program helps make rents affordable for BC seniors with low to moderate incomes. SAFER provides monthly cash payments directly to the tenants. This subsidizes rents for eligible BC residents who are age 60 or over and who pay rent for their homes. S.A.F.E.R subsidies vary depending on income. Please visit the BC Housing/housing assistance website for details.
Will my rent change if my income drops? This is not a simple answer – it depends on a variety of factors. For low-end-of-market units the rent does not change with income changes. For some rent-geared-to-income units rent would change. The S.A.F.E.R subsidy also is income dependent.
Will there be regular rent increases? The Society reviews rents annually and does make rent changes based on market conditions - small annual increases are typical.
What method can I pay rent?
All tenants must agree to be on Pre-authorized Debit (PAD)
How much is the damage deposit?
One half of the market monthly rent.
Is there an on-site manager/caretaker? No. The Society operates all its properties from a central office.
Are there any meals provided?
No – Each unit is self contained with its own kitchen.
There is a “Community centre” with a full kitchen in the Ziglar Recreation and Senior Support Centre if tenants desire to put on a coordinated event.
Are cleaning or laundry services available? Sorry no.
Is there a guest suite for visitors – Sorry no.
Is this a smoke free building?
Yes - Smoking is not permitted in the building, in suites or on balconies.
Is there storage for R.Vs, boats and trailers? Sorry no.
Is there a senior volunteer program? Yes – it is very active.
Can I have a BBQ on my deck? Sorry No - due to fire risk.
Is there a workshop? Sorry – no.
Cable and Internet? The building is serviced with both Shaw and Telus. Each resident can select their preferred service provider and make their own personal arrangements. Each resident is responsible for their own costs for these services. The Ziglar Recreation Centre does offer internet connections for Tenants.
Are there unit lay-out plans to look at? Yes these are available.
When are the new units ready? June-July 2018.
Auto, Scooter and bicycle parking? Is parking included in rent? No
Automobile parking is $30.00 per month (Heated underground parking)
There are a limited number of parking stalls available.
- Covered Bicycle parking – No charge
- Electric Scooter parking stalls – No charge
Is there a place to plug in electric scooters?
- Yes – in the parkade. There is a designated “scooter parking area” in the parkade.
Are electric scooters permitted in the hallways or in your units?
What type of flooring is in the suites?
There are no carpets. Each suite is done in vinyl plank that looks like hardwood.
Vinyl Plank flooring is modern looking and easy to maintain. The Society has installed a product called “Accoustamat” to reduce noise transference between suites; however, this is community living and existing tenants acknowledge that, at times, they can still hear noise from tenants above them.
Appliances/ Plumbing /Heating & Cooling
What appliances are included in the rent?
18 cubic ft fridge; Electric stove, and Air Conditioner. (All appliances are white)
Do units have a dishwasher?
The 2 bedroom units come with a dishwasher.
The one bedroom units do not have a dishwasher.
Are there laundry facilities in the building?
There are no public laundry facilities; each unit has a hook-up for a washer and dryer.
The Society does not provide washers and dryers.
Is each unit plumbed for standard washers and dryers? Two bedroom units require stacked washers and dryers, one bedroom units have room for a side by side washer and dryer.
Bathrooms? Each unit has one three piece bathroom
Two bedroom units have two bathrooms. One with shower and one with tub.
Does each unit have a bathtub? No. All one bedroom units have a sit down shower unit with a metal grab bar. The 4 Wheel Chair units have roll in showers. The two bedroom units have both a sit down shower and a bathtub.
What height are toilets? Each toilet is a 16.5” raised rim toilet with slow closing toilet seats.
Kitchen sink? Each kitchen is equipped with a double stainless steel sink.
How are units heated? Electric baseboard heat.
Is electricity included in the rent?
No – Each Tenant must make arrangements with Fortis BC for their own electricity.
Is hot water included in the rent? Yes.
Is Air Conditioning included?
The Society provides an air conditioner in each unit. The cost of electricity to run the air conditioner is paid by the Tenant.
What is the address? 2075 Benvoulin Court, Kelowna, B.C. V1W 0A5
Is there an elevator in the building? Yes - one elevator.
Can I transfer from another Society of Hope building to Apple Valley? Sorry – no.
What about Pets?
1. The Society has a Pet policy. A tenant may keep the following animals as a pet:
a) a bird;
b) a fish;
c) a rodent;
Sorry, no cats or dogs.
Storage? Storage lockers will be available to those that want it at a cost of $10.00 per month. These wooden storage areas are in the parkade level and are approximately 3' X 4' X 7’ high in size.
Do I need personal belongings insurance?
No – but Tenants are strongly encouraged to carry adequate insurance coverage for fire, smoke, and water damage, and theft, on their own possessions. Tenants may be held liable for accidental injury, damage or breakage arising from the Tenants willful or negligent act or that of their guests. Apple Valley residents are eligible to enroll in an affordable group tenant’s insurance program offered through BC Housing.
Are Future phases planned?
No. Building 3 completes the Apple Valley project of 200 units.
Community Gardens – Is there a place I can garden?
Yes. There are raised community gardens for residents on the property on a first come first serve basis.
Ziglar Recreation and Senior Support Center: (ZRSSC)
Monthly access fee: $15.00
The Ziglar Recreation Center offers the following amenities:
The ZRSSC is approximately 12,000 square feet
Community Hall and kitchen
Library and Card room with Fire place
Darts; shuffle Board; and pool table.
6 lane bowling alley (5 pin)
Multi-purpose room (s)
Washrooms (5 women; 3 men and HC)
Do I have to pay the access fee for the Recreation Center even if I do not want to use it? Yes, it is mandatory.
Why is the Recreation center named in honor of Gordon and Helen Ziglar?
The Ziglar family donated a corporate shares to the Society of Hope in the 1990’s to help provide equity to build a senior housing complex with an active recreation and social centre. The Recreation Center is named in their honor and to acknowledge their gift.
What Senior Support Services are there?
The Seniors Outreach Services Society operates from Apple Valley. This organization offers assistance to seniors in the community. This includes advice; housing information; information regarding community services; safety; elder guide; Income tax preparation; and visitation.
The Interior Health Adult Day Services program runs five days a week at Apple Valley.
Are their nursing services in the building?
No. All nursing services must be arranged personally with Interior Health.
Construction in the area?
The Society of Hope is a growing non-profit society that believes in its Mission to expand quality affordable housing in the Central Okanagan. Benvoulin Court has numerous large properties yet to be developed. All residents of Apple Valley should anticipate construction in this area for the foreseeable future which means Residents can expect the advantages and disadvantages of living in a developing neighborhood.
Partners: BC Housing- provided equity funding and project financing with support from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia. This project would not be possible without the support of these government agencies.
The City of Kelowna has provided a Housing Grant to reduce the DCC charges on the project. The City also provides property tax relief in the first 10 years of operation.
CMHC has provided PDF loan money and a grant to assist this project in its early development
Operator: Society of Hope
Contractor: Scuka Enterprises Ltd.
Architect: PMA Architecture; Novation Design; Sage Interior Design.