March 2020 AM1150 Update on Homelessness

There is much work underway to manage the poverty, homelessness and healthcare crisis that we are faced with as a community.  In this interview with AM1150 Loyal and Central Okanagan Journey Home Executive Director, Stephanie Ball update on the initiatives that are currently underway.

Aside from supportive housing, you will learn about important projects like:

Youth Safety Net Services: Catching young, vulnerable people facing poverty with ‘safety net services’ that support them through developmental years.

Integrated Court: restorative justice that works hand in hand with holding people to account and rehabilitating people with mental health and substance use issues.

•Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design: Managing contributing factors that permit criminal activity.

•Complex Needs Individuals: Determining the best solutions to manage individuals who are a risk to themselves and others many of which who do not fit the housing or shelter system.

Problem Private Properties: Poorly managed private properties many of which are owned by absentee landlords that house criminal activity and how the City is taking the lead.

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to share the plans and projects currently underway led by City staff and our community partners like  Central Okanagan Journey Home Society, BC Housing, Interior Health, John Howard Society, Canadian Mental Health, RCMP, Crown Counsel and many more.