Housing Announcement for St. Paul Street Concludes City’s 2015 Memorandum of Understanding with BC Housing

Release date: 
March 13, 2018

Kamloops, BC – The City of Kamloops and the John Howard Society of the Thompson Region have announced the plans for an affordable housing development to be built on the corner of St. Paul Street and 5th Avenue downtown. The proposed 52-unit complex will provide affordable rental housing for low- to moderate-income singles and families.

In conjunction with the recent land deal at Spirit Square, this project announcement concludes the 2015 Memorandum of Understanding with BC Housing in which the City committed to providing land for 98 new affordable housing units for those with low to moderate incomes in Kamloops.

“Too many families are struggling in Kamloops and throughout the province to afford housing,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “These new rental homes will help address a critical need in the community. Our government will continue to work in partnership with local governments and non-profits to create the affordable homes people need.”

In 2015, the John Howard Society was selected by BC Housing to build and operate this housing development on Royal Avenue; however, that property was later deemed unsuitable for the project’s density. In December 2017, the City purchased the six lots (503, 511, 519, 527, 533, and 537) on St. Paul Street for the purpose of affordable housing, and BC Housing is now working with the John Howard Society to prepare this housing complex for that site.

“This development is one more step toward solving the issue of housing affordability and homelessness in Kamloops,” says Mayor Ken Christian. “The City will continue to look for opportunities to support affordable housing and enhance the lives of all of our residents.”

This project is at a preliminary stage of planning, with an expected construction start in 2019. Neighbours are invited to learn more about the project at an open house:

Date: April 4, 2018
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Location: Bedford Manor Boardroom, 529 Seymour Street

The John Howard Society has been operating housing safely and successfully since 1999, with experienced property management, maintenance, and agency support services. The society's vision is to create a safe, healthy, and inclusive community for all through a continuum of housing and community-based support services.

The John Howard Society offers housing to all demographics in the community, with an aim to address barriers caused by poverty and lack of access to housing which are paramount to addressing issues of well-being for individuals and families.

The City 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.

Information on the City’s involvement in this and other affordable housing developments can be found at www.kamloops.ca/housing.

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Media Contacts:
Jen Casorso, Social and Community Development Supervisor
City of Kamloops

Lindsay Lord, CEO
John Howard Society of the Thompson Region