AFFORDABLE & SUSTAINABLE HOUSING
As part of our focus on ‘building community’ Kindale is now very involved in helping to provide affordable and sustainable housing options in the North Okanagan. Access to quality, safe and affordable housing is essential for those with disabilities wishing to live more independently in the community and many other individuals and families with low or fixed incomes have urgent housing needs as well.
Kindale was an active participant in the Homelessness Initiative in Vernon in 2008/09 and has taken part in many community-based strategic planning sessions designed to address this pressing social need.
Kindale made affordable housing an important part of the development of its new program headquarters in Armstrong. The Lydia Boss Centre, which opened in February 2013, provides program, meeting, and administrative space for Kindale on the ground floor and includes seven affordable apartment units on the second floor.
Kindale has participated in multiple successful partnerships with community and humanitarian organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, the Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan, the Vernon & District Land Trust, the City of Vernon, Okanagan College, and other local business to create affordable housing projects. These projects include “Under One Roof” with six units, “Vernon Veridian” with 20 units, and seven affordable rental suits above the Kindale headquarters in Armstrong, all of which are offered at below-market rental rates to Kindale persons served and other members of the community with low income or who face other barriers to housing.