Locating Shelter Space

The City of Penticton recognizes the important role shelters play in the overall supply of housing solutions for our most vulnerable residents.  Successfully locating shelters within the make-up of existing neighbourhoods is a challenging undertaking that requires genuine cooperation and joint decision-making between various stakeholders, including - the City of Penticton, the Province, BC Housing, facility operators and nearby businesses, residents and services as well as input from the RCMP, Fire Department and other critical supports.  

As the City of Penticton experienced through 2021, unilateral decisions by BC Housing to operate shelters in unsuitable locations lead to controversial outcomes that polarized discussions among policy-makers and triggered unproductive relationships between neighbours.  To avoid these outcomes, the City encourages BC Housing and the Province to listen to residents and work with Council before finalizing decisions and services planned for Penticton.

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Social Development
Phone: 250-490-2512, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Email: socialdevelopment@penticton.ca