The province has rolled out a 10 year, almost $2-billion-dollar plan to build more than 14,000 affordable housing units with a number of projects slated for Kamloops and the surrounding area.
Housing minister Selina Robinson says among the 4,900 initial units, three different projects will see 199 affordable homes built in Kamloops.
“Through the community housing fund, we want to create healthy, mixed-income development and diverse, sustainable housing, that will support strong communities,” Robinson says. “Housing that will give people an opportunity to stay in their community. Close to family, close to friends, and to be able to live and work, go to school in the communities where they are living.”
Premier John Horgan says it will now take teamwork to get these projects built as fast as possible.
“The resources have been approved. The request for proposals has gone out and come back and 4,900 have been approved. Now it is up to the province, B.C. Housing, and the not for profit sector working with communities, 42 of them right across B.C, to make sure that we can accelerate any outstanding issues when it comes to planning, zoning, and variances and so on.”
In Kamloops, CSI Centre for Seniors Information will get $11.2 million for 112 homes for seniors, those with disabilities, and families.
Interior Community Services will receive $4.7 million for 47 homes for seniors and families.
ASK Wellness will get another $8 million to build 40 units for seniors in Kamloops and another 40 units in Merritt.
Up the North Thompson in Clearwater, another $2 million will go to Evergreen Acres Seniors Housing Society for 20 homes for seniors.