Kamloops Welcomes the Government of Canada’s National Housing Strategy
Kamloops, BC – The City of Kamloops and the HomeFree Collective are pleased to hear the Government of Canada’s announcement of details pertaining to a National Housing Strategy.
The National Housing Strategy aims to introduce Right to Housing legislation, a National Portable Housing Benefit program, and a National Housing Fund as well as measures to preserve and repair existing social housing in communities. In addition, the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding stream is being redesigned and will offer increased investment to communities to meet the needs of the chronically homeless, youth, veterans, and Indigenous people.
“We know that significant work is needed across the country to reduce homelessness and ease the housing crisis,” says Mayor Ken Christian. “While no strategy can be a one-size-fits-all solution, this announcement does offer tools, resources, and additional funding opportunities for Kamloops to work towards that goal.”
The City and the HomeFree Collective both support the National Housing Strategy and will be working with the Government of Canada to secure the additional investment needed for affordable housing and programs to end homelessness.