The province is providing $6 million to help provide additional housing and support for individuals who have been homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness, in Kelowna.

The money will go towards the purchase and renovation of the Kelowna Good Night Inn, located at 2639 Highway 97 North.

Once renovated, the 42-unit building will support some of the area’s most vulnerable citizens, and will include some capacity to add shelter spaces during extreme weather conditions.

The former motel will be operated by the Kelowna branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, which will provide support services to create successful tenancies for the residents.

“We know that when people have a roof over their head, they actually have a chance to improve their quality of life in areas of health, mental health, substance use and employment,” said Shelagh Turner, executive director of the Kelowna branch of the CMHA.