Housing and Homelessness

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 continues to work as a steward, facilitator, investor, and communicator to increase the housing supply across the housing continuum throughout Kamloops.

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. 

Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness

Vulnerable Assessment Tool (VAT)

The VAT helps provide a consistent and fair way of identifying adults who could most benefit from supportive housing and different approaches to handling their cases. People experiencing homelessness must have a completed VAT to be considered for palcemetn in supportive housing. 

A VAT can be obtained by contacting one of the following providers: ASK Wellness, Interior Health, Elizabeth Fry Society, John Howard Society, The Mustard Seed Kamloops, Canadian Mental Health Association-Kamloops, or Lii Michief Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services

Community Resource List

Interior Health
ServiceDetailsContact/Location  
Alcohol and Drug Information 1-800-663-1441  
Public Health Street Nurses 250-318-4611
250-319-6783
  
Drop-in Street Clinics
  • Naloxone
  • TB skin testing
  • HIV/STI testing
  • immunizations
  • links to resources
  • harm reduction supplies/teaching
  • pregnancy outreach
  • basic wound care
  • health promotion education
New Life Community, 181 Victoria Street West

King Street Centre, 126 King Street

  
Supervised Consumption Site
  • harm reduction supply distribution and education
  • needle disposal
  • assessment and referral to services (methadone, suboxone, treatment options, housing)
  • basic nursing care
  • supervised consumption
  • drug checking
Behind ASK Wellness, 433 Tranquille Road

Beside Crossroads Inn, 569 Seymour Street

  
Overdose Prevention Outreach Nurse
  • Naloxone training
  • access to detox, suboxone, or methadone
  • small wound care
778-220-2184  

 

Opioid Use Disorder Resources
ServiceDetailsContact/Location
Opiod Agonist therapy (OAT) Nurse
  • Naloxone training
  • access to detox, suboxone, or methadone
  • small wound care
250-819-4775
Kamloops Addictions Clinic 250-374-2345
#104-220 3rd Avenue
Interior Chemical Dependency Clinic 778-471-6488
239 Lansdowne Street
Mental Health and Substance Use Services 250-377-6500
235 Lansdowne Street

 

ASK Wellness
ServiceDetailsContact/Location
SHOP Outreach ProgramTo connect vulnerable street-involved women to resources, health services, housing options, and increased safety.250-571-4370
250-320-1667
Street OutreachTo connect street-involved men and congregating groups to resources, health services, housing options, and/or treatment options.250-819-5949
250-299-5038
Overdose Prevention
  • harm reduction
  • needle pickup
  • Naloxone kits and training
  • treatment options
778-257-1292
OPD433@askwellness.ca

 

The Mustard Seed Kamloops
ServicesDetailsContact/Location
Outreach Centre
  • referrals to resources, housing options, health services, and/or treatment options
  • case management, advocacy, and referral to services
  • personal hygiene products and clothing
  • meals, public washroom, shower
250-434-9898
InfoKamloops@theseed.ca
181 Victoria Street West
Temporary Winter ShelterLow barrier shelter for men and women experiencing homelessness

Seasonal - 7 days a week
181 Victoria Street West

Health ServicesBy appointment250-434-9898
InfoKamloops@theseed.ca
181 Victoria Street West
Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society
ServicesDetailsContact/Location
   
  • public washroom and shower
  • laundry facility 
  • mail and mini-storage
No cost to store belongings. One bin per person. Clients must check in weekly.250-828-2555
48 West Victoria Street

 

Canadian Mental Health Association
ServicesDetailsContact/Location
Emerald Centre Homeless Shelter
  • low barrier shelter for men and women experiencing homelessness
  • harm reduction supply distribution and education
  • case management and referral to services, including housing placement and stabilty
250-372-3031
kamloops@cmha.bc.ca
271 Victoria Street West

 

Interior Community Services
ServicesDetailsContact/Location
Youth Outreach

Connecting street-entrenched youth to
age-appropriate services and resources.

Kayla: 250-819-2630
Krista: 778-765-0639
Sara: 250-318-4385
Phoenix Centre
ServicesDetailsContact/Location
Detox Centre

A medical safe program for adults to detox from
alcohol and other drugs

250-374-4634
ksad@phoenixcentre.org
922-3rd Avenue
Raven ProgramProviding alcohol and other drug counselling and
additional services to young people under 25 years of age
and their families
250-374-4634
ksad@phoenixcentre.org
Osprey ProgramCommited to supporting youth in developing a healthy and holistic approach to living.250-374-4634
ksad@phoenixcentre.org
Shelter Resources
Canadian Mental Health Association
ServicesDetailsContact/LocationHours
Emerald Centre Homeless Shelter

A 55-bed, low barrier shelter for
men and women experiencing homelessness which offers:

  • harm reduction supply
    distribution and education
  • case management and referral to services, including housing
    placement and stabilty
250-372-3031
kamloops@cmha.bc.ca
271 Victoria Street West
Open 7 days per week, 365 days per year, 24 hours per day
The Mustard Seed Kamloops
ServicesDetailsContact/LocationHours
Outreach Centre

A Christian organization whose mission
is to alleviate poverty and homelessness
through acceptance, empowerment, and practical solutions and that offers:

  • referrals to resources, housing
    options, health services, and/or
    treatment options
  • case management, advocacy,
    and referral to services
  • personal hygiene products and
    clothing
  • meals, public washroom, shower
  • chapel service
250-434-9898
InfoKamloops@theseed.ca
181 Victoria Street West
Open 7 days per week, 365 days per year, 8:00 am –8:00 pm
Emergency Winter ShelterLow barrier shelter for men and women experiencing homelessness that includes all services listed above.

250-434-9898
InfoKamloops@theseed.ca
181 Victoria Street West

Seasonal - 7 days a week, 9:00 pm–8:00 am
Kamloops Housing Needs Assessment

Similar to many communities in BC, Kamloops is experiencing housing pressures due to changing demographics and market trends. To better understand the current housing climate and to identify future housing needs, the City of Kamloops has prepared a comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment.

This assessment includes a demographic and economic profile, a compilation of trends impacting housing demand and supply, the current housing profile, and a summary of projected future housing needs. The information in this report provides a starting point for creating policies, plans, and development decisions that are based on the current housing profile and future housing needs within the city of Kamloops.

View the Housing Needs Assessment Report

The Housing Continuum

The Housing Continuum

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