New task force will be assembled to tackle homelessness in Kelowna

FILE PHOTO - The City of Kelowna's new strategy to combat homelessness has been named, The Journey Home.

KELOWNA - The City of Kelowna’s new strategy to combat homelessness now has a name. It will be called Journey Home.

The aim of the Journey Home strategy is to connect various social resources within the city. By offering a collective approach, the City hopes to redesign the current system.

“The community is going on a collective journey to support individual journey’s home,” social development manager Sue Wheeler says. “We need to create change by thinking and working differently.”

Wheeler says a new task force will be assembled to take a closer look at homelessness in Kelowna.

“The task force will recommend a strategy for homelessness... and how to implement it."

The task force will have 15 members which she says is a manageable size. The group will be active for a year.

“We need to redesign the system so everyone has trust in it,” Wheeler says. “By taking a step back we’ll be able to see where the systems fit in as a whole.”

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