Affordable Housing Strategy

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The City of Kamloops 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.

The City of Kamloops has developed an affordable housing strategy to ensure that the community’s housing needs are met across the entire affordable housing continuum

The City of Kamloops 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.

The City of Kamloops has developed an affordable housing strategy to ensure that the community’s housing needs are met across the entire affordable housing continuum, which includes everything from emergency shelters to entry level home ownership as shown in the graphic above. As housing costs continue to rise across Canada so does the number of people experiencing homelessness, which is resulting in an urgent need to develop more social housing.

Although the City is not directly responsible for affordable housing, it can play a number of roles including:

  • Steward - developing strategies to achieve desired housing outcomes
  • Facilitator - designing policies and procedures to protect and improve the supply of affordable housing across the full spectrum
  • Investor - leveraging City resources to achieve the most effective housing outcomes
  • Communicator/Advocate - strengthening awareness and advocating for affordable housing with other levels of government, developers and community organizations

The housing strategy explores actions that can be taken relative to each of these roles across the entire spectrum, with particular emphasis on non-market housing.

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    14 Nov 2018

    Seniors, people with disabilities and people living with mental-health challenges will soon have access to new affordable rental homes, following the Spirit Square redevelopment.

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    Help is on the way for middle-income families in 42 communities as the Province moves forward with more than 4,900 new affordable mixed-income rental homes as part of the Building BC: Community Housing Fund.

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    08 Nov 2018

    November 8, 2018 - In response to the number of people experiencing homelessness in the area, the Province is working with the City of Kamloops to open 55 temporary modular homes while construction continues on additional permanent supportive housing.

  • New homes on the way for women and children fleeing violence

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    26 Oct 2018

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    24 Oct 2018

    October 6, 2018 - The Government of British Columbia is opening additional shelter beds in Kamloops to make sure people in need have access to safe and secure housing as the cooler weather arrives.

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    28 Aug 2018

    August 27, 2018 - People experiencing homelessness in Kamloops will soon have access to new supportive housing to meet their immediate housing needs, with construction starting on 55 temporary homes in the city.

  • Council Adopts Affordable Housing Strategy

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    27 Jun 2018

    June 26, 2018 - Kamloops City Council approved the Affordable Housing Strategy at today’s Council meeting.

    This strategy will guide the City’s housing-related investments and activities over the next 5+ years across the full housing continuum. It explores actions that can be taken across the entire housing spectrum, with particular emphasis on non-market housing.

  • Kamloops Reports on the First Cross-Canada Coordinated Point-in-Time Homeless Count

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    20 Jun 2018

    June 15, 2018 - In March 2018, the City of Kamloops, in association with many non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals, conducted its first ever National Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Count, a coordinated effort to measure homelessness across Canada.

  • City of Kamloops Earns Recognition for Housing Engagement Strategy

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    18 Jun 2018

    May 1, 2018 - The City of Kamloops received a Community Excellence Award for Social Responsibility from the Southern Interior Local Government Association last week for its housing engagement strategy.

  • City Staff Proposes Amendments to Parks Regulation Bylaw to Accommodate People’s Right to Shelter

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    20 Jun 2018

    April 6, 2018 - On Tuesday, April 10, Kamloops City Council will be presented with proposed amendments to the City’s Parks Regulation Bylaw No. 35-66 that will provide options to homeless people seeking temporary overnight shelter.