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Kamloops city council to vote on affordable housing project for Indigenous youth and elders

An artist rendering of what the affordable housing project in Brocklehurst for Indigenous youth and elders could like.
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March 05, 2018 - 12:45 PM

KAMLOOPS – Affordable housing for Indigenous youth and elders could be the next housing project approved for Kamloops.

The project would provide housing for indigenous youth aged 16 to 26 as well as elders, according to a report going to city council's regular meeting tomorrow, March 6. 

City staff is recommending council approve the rezoning application for 975 Singh Street to accommodate the construction of the project. The applicant for the project is LMO, which is an urban indigenous organization that services First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.

“The development will support the traditional practice of elder and youth knowledge exchange. The housing will provide safe, dry, culturally immersed, affordable, supportive housing that is specifically focused on youth who are aging out, have aged out, or are currently or have in the past accessed services that are associated with provincial child welfare services,” the report says.

The project will be in the Brocklehurst area and will be a two-story building and contain one-bedroom and bachelor units. It will also include support for residents in the form of counselling, whether in an one-on-one setting or within a group.

The applicant’s proposal has already been approved by B.C. Housing. The application will also go through a public hearing.

Visit Kamloops Let’s Talk for information about community meetings to discuss affordable housing in Kamloops.

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