The Columbian Centennial Housing Society (CCHS) is a non-profit, housing society, providing and maintaining high quality and affordable rental housing for low-to-moderate income individuals and families. Affordable rental housing is housing with rents equal to, or lower than, average rates in the private-market. CCHS has eligibility requirements for affordable rental housing and there is a waiting list.
Anyone can apply for affordable rental housing. However, CCHS has specific requirements, such as:
Although independent from the Knights of Columbus, the Columbian Centennial Housing Society was inspired by the example of Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney and the Knights of Columbus to care for those in need. The founding members of the Columbian Centennial Housing Society, all of whom were members of St. Pius X Council 7359 of the Knights of Columbus, chartered the Columbian Centennial Housing Society (CCHS) in 1981 to build and maintain high quality, affordable rental housing for low and moderate income individuals and families. A cooperative effort between dedicated members of the Society and all levels of government has produced rental housing that 260 individuals and families are proud to call “ their home”.
Construction started August 6, 2019 on the Columbian Centennial Housing Society’s newest building, Columbus Centre, located at 1165 Sutherland Avenue.
Upon completion in May/June 2021, Columbus Centre will provide 36 affordable rental suites and 12 long term “life lease” top floor suites in addition to 5 ground floor commercial units. The Society has entered a development agreement with Culos Development Group and the land has been provided by Knights of Columbus Council #2558, a closely related non-profit society. The $16.5 million dollar project is being fully funded by the two Societies with mortgage guarantees provided by BC Housing. The Society is appreciative of housing grants of $50,000 and $19,300 from CMHC and City of Kelowna respectively.
The project included replacement of ±1200 original aluminum framed single glazed windows and +130 aluminum framed patio doors with new vinyl framed, argon filled, double glazed windows/doors. Funding approval, through BC Housing and the Canada-British Columbia Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement, was received in November 2016 and the project was tendered in May 2017. Works commenced in September 2017 and were completed November 2018. The replacements have improved the energy efficiency of 171 townhouse units, and have helped to reduce energy costs for our tenants.
Additional works completed included much needed deck repairs and roof gutter replacement at Columbus Village. Final overall project costs were $2.2 million dollars.