SHORT TERM WOMEN'S HOUSING
Frequently Asked Questions

If your housing related question is not answered below, feel free to contact us.

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 an application if fully completed and either mailed to or dropped off at the Society's office, applicants are placed on the Society's applicant database.  When a current tenant gives notice and a unit becomes available, applicants are placed from this applicant database.   Application forms will be available at our office or may be downloaded from the website starting Sept 13, 2017.   Application Forms

Please note:  The Society of Hope maintains a separate application and applicant database 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 the Society's applicant database.

This is an emergency, I need a place to live by the end of the month - can you help me?

Sorry, No.  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.

Where am I on the waiting list?

Regrettably, a new placement can only be made when one of the Society's existing tenants give notice to move.  The Society is not able to predict when tenants will give this notice, so the Society is unable to provide information on how long it may take to get housed.  The Society only reviews applications when a unit becomes available.  Placements are made based on a number of different variables such as income, age, family configuration, and need.  It is not a linear, first come, first served process, therefore the priority of placement is constantly changing due to new applications being received.

What does a successful applicant profile look like?

  • Women 19 years or older with or without children
  • Ability to live independently and manage your personal household
  • Willingness to adhere to specific rules and regulations while a resident of short term housing
  • Agreement to establish and work toward completing self-directed goals while in short term housing
  • Willingness to access community resources
  • Drug and alcohol addiction free for six months
  • Male dependants (children) 11 years or under
  • Ability to provide a good current landlord reference
  • Family size is appropriate for the unit size that is available.

How does the Society choose the applicant for the next available unit?

Placements are made based on a number of different variables such as income, age, family configuration, and need.  It is not a linear, first come, first served process, therefore the priority of placement is constantly changing due to new applications being received, and from the criteria listed in the question above.

How much is the rent?

The Society operates under a number of Housing programs but basically provides two types of rentals, Subsidized Rentals and Affordable Rentals.  Subsidized Rental units are approximately 30% of the applicant's gross monthly income and Affordable Rental Units are set at a flat rental rate, based on the number of occupants. 


The Society collects the utility fee with the monthly rent and remits payment to the utility companies.

Will I have my own space?

Yes.  All rentals are 100% independent living, each unit is self contained and has its own kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom(s).  There are common "Community Rooms" for Tenants that desire to put on a coordinated event.

Can I have visitors?

Only registered Residents  may be on premises between the hours of 10:00 pm - 8:00 am. There are to be no guests, including family, staying in the suite overnight without written permission from the Site Manager.   

All males over 12 years of age must remain in common areas and may not enter restricted areas without express permission from the Society of Hope. Restricted areas include stairwells, elevator, 2nd and 3rd floor halls, laundry rooms and the private suites of the Residents. 

Guests must abide by the rules as specified in the "Rules and Regulations” document.

How long will it take to get placed in a unit?

Regrettably, a new placement can only be made when one of the Society's existing tenants moves out.  The Society is not able to predict when tenants will give notice, so the Society is unable to provide information on how long it may take to get housed.  The Society only reviews applications when a unit becomes available.  

How long can I stay in Short Term Housing?

Residents can stay for one year. Residents, in good standing, can apply to extend their residency beyond one year. All residencies must be less than two years.   

Is this substance free housing?

The use of alcohol, non-prescription drugs or abuse of prescription drugs on the premises is strictly prohibited.

Can I smoke in my unit?

Sorry, No.  Smoking in the suites is prohibited.  These buildings are designated as a “SMOKE- FREE” environment. Smoking is not permitted in common areas of the building, or in units. Smoking is permitted in the outside designated areas.

Can I keep my pets?

No pets of any kind shall be kept on the premises. No cats, dogs or rabbits may be brought onto the Society property at any time.

Can I see pictures of the units?

Please visit: Short Term Housing for pictures and locations of buildings.

Can I move into whatever is available and then transfer to another unit in future?

Sorry, No. The Society is committed to placing tenants in appropriately sized units for their families.

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.

Tenant Service Request

Admin Hours

Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Contact Info

Tel: (778) 478-7977
#101 – 2055 Benvoulin Court,
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 2C7
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