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Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness

The 2021 Point-in-Time Count identified 206 people experiencing homelessness in our community during that 24-hour period. As Point-in-Time Counts do not capture the hidden homeless (i.e. people who are couch surfing, sleeping in vehicles, or who are otherwise precariously housed), they can be considered as counts that provide a snapshot of the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness at a given period of time.

The City works closely with community partners to provide resources and supports for people experiencing homelessness. Below are some resources available in our community. If you see anything that requires updating, please contact communications@kamloops.ca

Public Washrooms Map

Community Agency Resources

Vulnerability 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 placement 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 Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services.

Shelter Resources

Rules for Temporary Overnight Shelters

Shelter and property must be small and tidy
Shelters may only cover an area of less than 10 m² and must be free of garbage and excessive clutter.

No fires or smoking
Open flame (e.g. lighter, camp fire, candle) and smoking are not permitted.

Shelter must be small and detatched from other structures
Shelters may only cover an area of less than 10 m2 and may not adjoin, abut, or be connected to any other temporary overnight shelter.

A shelter is permitted within the areas shown on the map
The City has created a map to highlight areas within Kamloops where a temporary overnight shelter is permitted. When the river is high in the spring, temporary shelters should be set up further up the banks.

A temporary shelter is NOT permitted on or near any playgrounds, pools, gardens, public lawns, sports facilities and fields, stages, bleachers, washrooms, picnic shelters, gazebos, cemeteries, pathways, driveways, roadways, lanes, bridges, docks, or boulevards, or any other offices, community and recreational facilities, parking lots, or parkades that are owned or controlled by the City of Kamloops.

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Overnight shelter must be temporary
Temporary shelters include a tent or other shelter constructed from a tarp, plastic, or cardboard and can only be erected during the following time-frames:

  • 9:00 pm–7:00 am from March to November 
  • 5:00 pm–8:00 am from December to February

Failure to follow the rules may result in shelters being dismantled: Valuable items may be impounded, and garbage may be disposed of.

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