New dashboard launched that reveals out there beds at Kelowna shelters

The Central Okanagan Journey Home Society (COJHS) and City of Kelowna have just launched a new tool aimed at improving access to shelter spaces.

It’s a shelter dashboard that shows updates in close to real time on the total number of available beds at all shelters in Kelowna.

Also featured on the dashboard is important information about each site, including the address, contact number and intake hours.

Malcolm Evans, a systems planner at COJHS, called the shelter dashboard a “much-needed resource” in the community.

“From the outset of this project, we envisioned a tool with the capacity to reflect real-time changes in resources during both emergencies and normal operations,” he said.

“Timely access to accurate information is a critical component to the success of homelessness services in Kelowna.”

Sue Wheeler from the City of Kelowna said the City works closely with the COJHS on many fronts and this latest project is an example of innovation that can grow through strategic collaboration.

“This tool will help make better use of existing shelter spaces in Kelowna by highlighting availability in real time to ensure all shelters are filled to their capacity,” she explained. “It’s going to mean fewer people are left to shelter outdoors.”

The COJHS promised that it would continue to work with community partners in the future to improve and further develop the shelter dashboard.

Anyone can check out the new tool by clicking this link.

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