WATCH: Expensive obstacle for new Kelowna homeless facility
KELOWNA – It’s going to provide shelter for people who don’t have a home. But there’s a problem. An unforeseen obstacle is causing a huge expense. Inn from the Cold, a local charity, is opening a housing facility for men. The charity is fixing up a former commercial building and volunteers have been taking on the renovation job. But when it came time for an inspection, a big issue arose; the ceiling wasn’t up to code.
“We’ve had to do some fire separation that was more intense that was originally anticipated and we had to hire some professional help and were not able to rely solely on volunteers so our cost went up,” says Tara Trchritter with Inn from the Cold.
The cost for the fix: between $15,000 – $18,000. The project itself was made possible through community fundraisers, raking in $30,000. Now the not-for-profit is hoping the community will come to the rescue again. If you want to donate, you can do so on the Inn from the Cold website: http://www.innfromthecoldkelowna.org/.
The doors were supposed to open back in July, but because of the delay that date has been pushed back to October. The not-for-profit is hosting an open house on September 26 for anyone who wants to see the progress that’s been made. Even though it hasn’t secured the funds for the fix, its pushing on with the project. If the money isn’t raised, it will have to come out of the charity’s operating budget, which is already stretched thin.