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Advocacy Canada Chair Appointed to Community Advisory Board on Homelessness

Kelowna, BC, January 10, 2023 — Wilbur Turner, Founder, and Chair of Advocacy Canada has been appointed as the 2SLGBTQIA+ sector representative to Kelowna’s Community Advisory Board on Homelessness (CAB-H).

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness across Canada. This program provides funding to urban, Indigenous, rural, and remote communities to help them address their local homelessness needs.

Reaching Home supports the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable, and affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by the fiscal year 2027 to 2028.

The CAB-H is comprised of community stakeholders to facilitate the delivery of Reaching Home in Kelowna and to engage stakeholders and funding partners to work together to prevent and reduce homelessness.

The Central Okanagan Foundation, in the role of the Community Entity, is responsible for managing the Reaching Home Strategy funds under the Government of Canada and plays a leadership role in the implementation of Housing First in Kelowna. The Community Entity provides support and guidance to the Community Advisory Board on Homelessness to assist with the approval of sub-project agreements.