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Pleasantvale Sod Turning on a sunny December day

L-r: Hope Executive Director Luke Stack, MLA Norm Letnick, Pleasantvale Homes President Catherine Comden, MP Ron Cannan, Premier Christy Clark, Mayor Colin Basran, Hope President Lorne Gerber, MLA Steve Thomson and MC Warren Postnikoff.  

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December 15th, 2014
KELOWNA – The governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with community partners, celebrated the official groundbreaking of the redevelopment of Pleasantvale today, which will provide 50 units of affordable seniors’ housing and 20 townhomes for families with low to moderate incomes in Kelowna. Construction of the new Pleasantvale, located on the 600 block of Richter St., is scheduled to be completed by spring 2016. Quick facts:

 

  • The Governments of Canada and B.C. will provide a combined investment of over $5.6 million towards the purchase of the 20 affordable rental townhomes for families with low to moderate income through the Federal-Provincial Housing Initiative  under the Canada-B.C. Agreement for Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014 that was recently extended until 2019. The purchase will take place upon building completion.
  • The B.C. government arranged approximately $12.4 million in construction financing for the project and provided the land, originally donated by Pleasantvale Homes Society and the City of Kelowna, valued at $2 million.
  • The City of Kelowna credited $154,070 in development cost charges and granted $273,171.
  • The Society of Hope will manage and operate the development.
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Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country – 

“The rebuilding of Pleasantvale Homes is an exciting project where young families and seniors will form a close knit community, bringing each other a wealth of support and experience. I am very proud of our Government’s investment in our community and in improving the quality of life of our residents.” Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna – 

“For over two decades, the Society of Hope has been making a difference in people’s lives, and we’re pleased to partner with them on this project. The redevelopment of Pleasantvale will not only continue and preserve the legacy left by Pleasantvale Homes Society, but it also ensures 
residents will have increased access to new, affordable housing in Kelowna for years to come.” Mayor Colin Basran, City of Kelowna – 

“The city’s investment on this project will help enhance and increase the existing affordable housing options available in our city, making a real difference in the lives of all those who currently call and will call Pleasantvale home. We’d like to thank all of our partners for their support and dedication to providing for all those in need of affordable housing in this community.” Catherine Comben, chair, Pleasantvale Homes Society – 

"Pleasantvale Homes Society, a project of the Rotary Club of Kelowna since the early 1950's is proud to have contributed the land for the redevelopment of Pleasantvale. This will ensure that the needs of low income and disadvantaged seniors in our community will continue to be met for the upcoming decades through the auspices of the Society of Hope as they become the new operators of the redeveloped complex." Lorne Gerber, president, Society of Hope – 

“Our society is honoured to partner with all levels of government for the redevelopment of Pleasantvale. The society’s goal is to provide new, modern homes for families and seniors in need of affordable housing on this site and we look forward to the completion of this development to achieve this goal.
 
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Community Impact Award - Society of Hope

The Business Excellence Awards have been celebrating outstanding success in Kelowna for the past 25 years. They are presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Each year, nominations are received for the business and individual awards. The nominees fill in a detailed nomination form that is then reviewed by an impressive group of judges.  The group of finalists are selected based on the information contained in the nomination package.  The finalists are then visited in person by the judges in September.  The finalists are profiled during the Business Excellence Awards ceremony during Small Business Week in October and the recipients are announced that evening.

The Society of Hope was honored to receive this award on October 23, 2013. The finalists were all very deserving organizations - Accelerate Okanagan, United Way of the Central Okanagan and Metro Community. Ken Zeitner represented the Society of Hope with a moving acceptance speech.
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DEC
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New affordable housing complex ideal layout for seniors

new-housing-cap-newsBy Sharen Marteny - Kelowna Capital News

Published: January 14, 2011 11:00 PM

I had the recent privilege to tour the Society of Hope’s Apple Valley Senior’s Housing at Orchard Park complex, 2055 Benvoulin Crt.

It is an affordable rental housing complex for seniors 55 and older. The first residents will move in on Feb. 1.

This housing project is a 15-year dream come to fruition for Luke Stack, the society’s executive director. To qualify to live in Apple Valley Housing, the gross family income must not be more than $3,200 per month.

There are a total of 72 one- and two-bedroom suites. Four of the suites are modified for wheelchairs. One-bedroom suites rent for $760 per month while two-bedroom suites rent for $960.

The building and suites were professionally designed. The attention to details and finishes is exceptional while still maintaining an affordable rent.

The wheelchair modifications meet the real needs of anyone in a wheelchair.

Besides the usual adjustments in heights of counters and shelves they include a dishwasher that pulls out and loads from above and a fridge with the freezer at the bottom. The bathroom roll-in shower is fabulous with a pull down seat and two showerheads.

Even the colours on the outside of the building were taken into consideration. The use of red and white celebrates the colour of a red Okanagan apple.

The complex is in a perfect location with a major transit hub at Orchard Park. Owning a car is not a necessity as transit is close by.

There is a location in the underground parkade for electric scooters that can be charged while not in use. There is also space for bicycles.

Plans are in place to add community garden plots in the spring.

On the main floor is the Ziglar Recreation and Senior Support Centre. It includes a fireside lounge, a multi-use activity room, community kitchen and a six lane bowling alley.

All of this is available through a small membership fee for the residents and other seniors.

The Seniors Outreach Society and Interior Health will both be offering services from the building. Anyone who is fortunate enough to be living at Apple Valley will be proud to call it home.

If you want to move into this beautiful new building, go for a tour now. For a tour or for further information contact the Hope office at 250-862-8233 or go to www.societyofhope.org/apple-valley-seniors-housing.

Sharen Marteny is a services consultant for seniors in Kelowna.

250-212-1257

www.seniorsconsulting.net

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