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Sep
21

Wall, wall, wall - what do we have here?

Thanks to our stylish new glass 3/4 wall, our office is once again open to the public.  We are receiving housing applications, and have incorporated extra sanitizing into our 'new normal.'  Our office is open from Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, and from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm on 'rent days.'  (First business day of each month.)  We do not require mask use at this time.  Sanitizer is available upon entering our doors.

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Sep
21

Here we grow again!

As posted recently on Castanet.net   (Edited)

"The provincial government has announced 122 new affordable rental units in Kelowna."

The project at 2175 Benvoulin Road will house seniors and other demographics are being considered as well, in partnership with the National Society of Hope.

20% of the units will be deeply subsidized.

Castanet.net continued with, "The project is being funded by the BC Community Housing Fund, which supports mixed buildings that see 50 per cent of units set aside for incomes up to $64,000 and 30 per cent earmarked for those making up to $74,000 per year."

Rental fees for the building have not been released yet.

'The Community Housing Fund is about just that - community. Through this program, we are working with our partners to build thousands of new homes that are affordable for a mix of people, from growing families to seniors on fixed incomes,' said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The rental units in Kelowna are among 540 announced in B.C. on Sunday, with others in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and Northern B.C."

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Aug
19

We Put the Social in being Socially Responsible!

Warm summer days can give a couple of hours of relief for tenants longing for community and entertainment.  The Society of Hope has a handful of short, Covid-friendly events planned!  (These are OUTSIDE in the large Pettit Garden area, between Apple Valley 2 and Apple Valley 3 buildings – where the historic flume is located.)  Building by building, tenants are invited to stand out on their balconies overlooking the courtyard to participate, or encouraged to wear a mask and come down to the garden and sit 6 feet apart from their neighbours.  The first week found Ray Turner belting out some well received tunes.  He played on various instruments while tenants enjoyed an ice cream social.  On Aug 14th a nostalgic BBQ was hosted.  Here we see some gloved and masked up volunteers ready to serve at the vintage car grill, donated by Boyd Autobody.  The band 'Smitten's groovy sounds and fun atmosphere also brought many smiles.  One event will feature our very own Apple Valley Singers – fitting to celebrate this month's birthdays with a piece of cake to go!   And coming up in early September we will welcome back Ray Turner and his 'not so oldies' music. There will be a well-spaced, single serving, hygienic dessert bar.  To quote Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's provincial health officer, "Be kind, be calm, and be safe!"  
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May
19

Garden Garnish!

The Society of Hope Maintenance Team has been busy this spring!  As well as pruning and getting the irrigation up and working on all 19 sites, an inviting new Pergola has sprung up in Lake Country!  The Woodsdale Place pathway has been embellished with a fresh and rustic wooden structure in the garden area - and it is ready to be enjoyed.  A stroll through the Pergola sounds lovely this time of year!

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Mar
18

Be Safe.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Society has closed our office to the public until further notice. Our phone lines will be monitored and we will return calls as we are able. Society staff will meet with tenants by appointment only.  Tenants may call the tenant phone line to book an appointment.

Applications may be dropped through the office mail slot, however, the Society is not processing new housing applications at this time.  Please check back at a later date.

Under the advisement of the Provincial Government Ministry of Health,  All of the Society of Hope Community Centre rooms are closed, including the Ziglar Recreation Centre.  We regret the inconvenience this causes tenants.

The Society of Hope is taking a number of pro-active measures to keep staff and tenants safe: There has been increased cleaning and disinfecting of common entrances, lobbies, surfaces and door handles since March 4, 2020.  This extra cleaning will continue.

All residents are encouraged to wash their hands regularly, sneeze and/or cough into their sleeve, avoid touching their face, and practice social distancing.  Everyone has a role to play to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Mar
04

Mona Fortier visits Kelowna

Mona Fortier, The Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, visited the Apple Valley complex on Monday, March 2nd. She was here to promote quality of life and affordability.  A variety of topics were discussed,  highlights being earlier pensions, the child tax credit, middle class tax cuts, climate change, and of course, affordable housing.

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Feb
03

Providence Boulevard Grand Opening!

On January 30th, 2020, the Hon. Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, toured Providence Boulevard.  This site is the Society of Hope's latest Family Townhome project in Glenmore.  These new homes for working families are the result of a successful partnership between the BC Government, the City of Kelowna, BC Housing, Vanmar Constructors and the Society of Hope.  Families moved into their beautiful new homes in November 2019; All of the homes are now occupied.

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Dec
11

2019 Business Excellence Not For Profit Award Finalist

 It is always wonderful to receive an MLA acknowledgement.

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Jul
16

21 Family Townhomes Coming This Fall to Glenmore

The Society of Hope, in partnership with the City of Kelowna and BC Housing, is pleased to announce that 21 new family town homes, located at
165 Celano Crescent in Glenmore, will be available late this fall. There are 16 three bedroom units and 5 two bedroom units. These well located units
come with modern features including a dishwasher, space for a washer/dryer and a garage.

To qualify for this housing:

  • Applicants must be families with dependent children
  • Applicants must have a low to moderate income of $1400 per month and up
  • Ideally Applicants will qualify for the Rental Assistance Program (RAP.) The Rental Assistance Program provides eligible low-income working families with cash assistance to help with their monthly rent payments.
  • Family configuration must be suitable for 2 & 3 bedroom units.

Placement selection will take place in September and October. Target occupancy will be no later than December 1, 2019. (This to be formally approved by September 15 th , 2019)  Please see the "Apply for housing" tab on the Society of Hope web site.

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Jun
26

Sliding On Into Summer!

Kids just want to have fun and Society of Hope's three new playgrounds are providing just that!  It sure has been a fun spring for the children at our two Short Term locations.  With the permanent structures in place, everyone is out enjoying these spaces to the fullest – a great way for the kids to connect in a safe environment.

Volunteers from Black and McDonald assembled one unit in record breaking time with skill and efficiency.  (All in one long morning in June, in fact!)   And the 2 Rons & Frank team assembled the other location with heart and passion.  These valued volunteers understand that the little ones will benefit greatly from their efforts.  Thank you to all!

With this year seeing many updates at Providence Court, it seemed fitting to add a magnificent SwingTime Distributors structure that will stand the test of time. A big shout out to the maintenance department for their support in bringing this to completion.  And thank you for the many donations that help make these playgrounds possible.

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