Photo: Cindy White
An empty plot of land on the corner of Weddell Place and Crowley Avenue will host 60 tiny homes for those experiencing homelessness.
Updated: 4:10 p.m
BC Housing has confirmed city-owned land at the corner of Crowley Avenue in Kelowna will feature 60 tiny homes.
The pilot project is the first of its kind within the governorate.
According to a press release, BC Housing is leasing the property for use in temporary housing for up to 10 years. The regional agency has an initial five-year lease with the option to renew once for another five years.
“This site was selected because it has available utility connections to support the rapid setup of tiny homes and is currently zoned for this temporary use,” BC Housing said in its press release.
“Construction work will begin once the site assessment and preparation have been completed, with the aim of completing the project as quickly as possible.”
Crews were on site Wednesday to upgrade electrical service at the site.
As per the information provided earlier, the shared bathroom and kitchen facilities will be around the 60 sq. ft. block of houses.
“This will be year-round, 24/7 temporary housing under the new HEARTH program and is based on the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the province and the City of Kelowna.
BC Housing said the memorandum of understanding formalizes a commitment to work together to better support people who are homeless and living in encampments and to help prevent encampments in the future.
This is the first of two or three tiny house locations in Kelowna.
The city receives 120 tiny houses in total.
BC Housing says it hopes to welcome people into the new units in early 2024.
Original: 2:25 p.m
BC Housing is expected to confirm the first location for the tiny homes in Kelowna later today.
The county agency is expected to be announced near the end of the day.
Castanet News has learned that the first 60 tiny homes will be built on a lot at the corner of Crowley Avenue and Weddell Place in the industrial park on the city’s north end across from the existing Rail Trail tent city.
A representative of a company on Crowley Avenue says crews are working on site to upgrade electrical equipment on site.
“This is very disturbing,” he wrote in an email, dissatisfied with the decision. “We’ve been told this will be temporary and until spring. We’re calling BS because they’re upgrading the electricity in that lot as well.”
The city will acquire 120 of the 60-square-foot tiny homes that are expected to be placed on two or three sites in the city.
The houses will be installed in a group around a common kitchen and bathroom building.
Mayor Tom Dias says he expects the homes to be up and running before mid-December.