2016 Award Recipient: Society of HOPE, Kelowna
BCNPHA is proud to have launched the Housing Provider of the Year Award in 2015, which recognizes an innovative non-profit housing provider that responds to an environmental, operational or community challenge.
Are you non-profit housing provider that seeks innovative solutions to your community’s housing needs? Does your organization think outside the box and offer services that go beyond housing? Nominations for the Housing Provider of the Year Award 2017 will open soon.
This award was generously sponsored by Terra Group Social Purpose Real Estate Experts
The nominated organization must be a BCNPHA member (housing provider) and will be considered on the following areas:
• Offers services that go beyond housing and/or work to prevent and end homelessness locally. Houses people who have been poorly served by other approaches to housing.
• Successfully advocates for the development of new non-profit housing.
• Builds a strong tenant community and community partnerships.
• Has a strong, positive, motivational impact on their staff.
• Develops new ways to manage more effectively or efficiently.
• Demonstrates originality and innovation.
• Demonstrate creativity, quality, and innovation within the context of BC’s non-profit housing sector.
• Has evidence of the impact the initiative has had on individuals, the community, the environment and/or the organization.
• Has created, individually or in partnership, a unique program or service response to a challenge facing the society or its tenants, community or physical environment.
• Has implemented a program or service response that can serve as a model for other non-profit housing providers.
2016 Award Recipient: Society of HOPE
The Society of HOPE is leading the way in not only creating affordable housing, but introducing unique collaborations that support those who are fortunate to call their society ‘home’. They have been serving the Okanagan for 25 years and currently provide 640 units of housing over 16 sites; offering homes ranging from short term housing for women, family housing and housing for seniors in our region. They will also be opening a new building in 2017 – offering an additional 78 units for seniors.
Their collaboration with others has created unique partnerships:
- Interior Health runs an adult day program from three of their sites – serving 190 people from the community;
- They have provided Mamas for Mamas with office space at no rent. Mamas for Mamas are currently serving approximately 8,500 moms in our community;
- Seniors Outreach Services operates from their sites;
- They are working with YMCA to develop daycare for the community from one of their sites;
- And they provide social and recreational services for many people in the community through their Recreation and Senior Support Centre – zoomba, crib, shuffleboard and bowling at their six lane bowling alley!
Society of HOPE has been a key player in not only developing affordable housing, but bringing agencies together for a variety of services to the community as a whole.