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Kelowna homeless shelter facing eviction gets one-month reprieve

Inn from the Cold's Sutherland Avenue shelter.
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September 24, 2018 - 12:29 PM

KELOWNA - A local homeless shelter facing eviction at the end of September has been given another month before it has to leave.

The society has not been able find a replacement shelter space, Inn from the Cold director Jan Shulz said in a press release, despite a community-wide campaign and a pledge to minimize the shelter’s impact on the surrounding neighbourhood.

Shulz claims Kelowna’s homeless street population will increase by 25 per cent if the 45-bed shelter cannot be replaced by Nov. 1.

The current Sutherland Avenue homeless shelter has been the source of some local complaints to bylaw and Shulz says a space in an industrial area away from downtown would be their preference.

Inn from the Cold will continue to offer its other programming from a downtown office, regardless of what happens with the shelter, she added.

The shelter is funded by B.C. Housing which also funds the Cornerstone Emergency Shelter on Leon Avenue.

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