The City of Kamloops has a vision for our community where housing is available and affordable to all residents. The City supports the availability of diverse housing options that enable people from all walks and stages of life to locate and secure housing that is safe, affordable, and appropriate. To that end, the City has purchased two properties to support the development of housing in Kamloops:
503/511/519/527/533/537 St. Paul Street 317/323 Tranquille Road
The existing building on the Tranquille Road property will be demolished this spring.
On January 17, 2017, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, was in Kamloops to announce two new supportive housing projects for Kamloops, which will each provide up to 52 units of permanent housing and support services for people looking to transition from the streets to stable and independent housing. These modular homes will be built in Kamloops by Horizon North and located at 317/323 Tranquille Road and 259 Victoria Street West, next to Emerald Centre. Both housing developments will provide 24/7 staffing and support, operated by ASK Wellness on the north shore and CMHA-Kamloops on the south shore.
The City is committed to community dialogue as it moves forward with achieving these housing goals. On January 16, 2018, a report on housing communications was approved by council with a minimum commitment to community regarding communication.
Over the last several years, the City has established opportunities for the not-for-profit sector to increase the affordable housing inventory, including adopting policies within the Official Community Plan that support these efforts, and rezoning land for affordable housing. Additionally, BC Housing has played an important role in investing in housing, and the not-for-profit sector is successfully operating affordable housing in Kamloops.
This overview was created in 2017 to provide a snapshot of the housing continuum and housing affordability in Kamloops.