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New shelter in Kamloops will aid vaccine distribution to homeless communities

Kamloops Curling Club is now a 50 bed shelter for people experiencing homelessness, another 20 are expected at memorial arena.
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January 22, 2021 - 1:14 PM

The Kamloops branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association started transitioning their clients to their new temporary housing facility at the downtown curling arena.

Alfred Achoba, acting executive director, says the clients are happy with the new facility.

"They love that it gives them a sense of dignity and privacy," he said.

Along with that privacy, the facility is going to offer social services in an effort to make it a transition space for those experiencing homelessness. There will be services to help with employment support and aid in finding resources a client can use like provincial housing subsidies.

The Kamloops CMHA hopes that the extra beds at the Memorial Arena and curling club will make vaccine distribution more efficient.

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Provincial health authorities have identified homeless communities to be at a higher risk for COVID transmission and are aiming to roll it out within February and March.

There's been no dates promised to the CMHA in terms of vaccine shipments, but Achoba remains positive that operating these new facilities along with the others in the city will aid the distribution among the community.

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