The B.C Government is providing the extra 800 thousand dollars to allow the Lii Michif Otipemisiwak organization in Kamloops to complete a 4.7 million dollar affordable housing project on city owned land on Singh street.
In Kamloops today, Housing Minister, Selina Robinson says there will be 31 units.
“We know that Indigenous people are more likely to live in overcrowded spaces, and poor quality housing. They do not nearly have enough sufficient affordable housing options throughout our province. It is widely known that there are negative impacts that the lack of safe housing has on people’s health and well-being.”
Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian welcomes the news after city council voted unanimously in favor.
“During that public hearing, it was not an unanimous as you might had led it on to be, there was certainly some opposition. But I was able to talk to the opponents of that, and subsequently have. To tell them that the proof is in the pudding in the way that this will be operated. And I am assured that Minister Robinson, and your government, is not going to let us down in terms of the wraparound services.”
The housing is for youth and elders.