Seniors can breathe a little easier now that they have more affordable housing to look forward to. Construction for a 37 unit project is underway to provide for the aging community, as a result, the project in Kamloops will provide rental housing to seniors.
Seniors and their loved ones can now have the peace of mind that an affordable home provides. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing along with community partners are working to provide housing for people in Kamloops that are safe, good, and affordable.
The houses are being built in partnership with the ASK Wellness Society along with the City of Kamloops. The new homes will be built at 1260 Hillside Ct. The building goes up to four stories and offers one-bedroom units to seniors with rental costs ranging from $375 to $825.
Mayor Ken Christian is happy to see this move for more affordable housing for the seniors of the city. He notes, “Housing is a key area of focus for our council, and we continue to work with our partners to improve diversity and access throughout the housing continuum.”
The project is owned and operated by the ASK Wellness Society and the project will go by the name “Cookie’s Place.” The homes in this development will be co-located and operated alongside Maverick Manor which is also an ASK Wellness Society Development. Their goal is to have people move from streets into homes, so they can regain their health and have better access to employment.
The project is directed towards couples that are 55 years and older. This new development complements the Maverick Manor development that offers residents life-skills training, recovery services, as well as employment placements.
Both the Government and the BC Green Party caucus have shared the priority for delivering affordable housing. The BC Green Party Caucus is a partner of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
The development is being achieved through collaborative efforts from a number of stakeholders. The Land for the project was provided by the society. Along with that, the land values approximately $817,000. The City of Kamloops has also provided municipal waivers of $130,000. The province is additionally allotting 3.9 million dollars which are taken from the Building BC: Community Housing Fund.
The project is expected to be complete and ready for the resident move-in for the fall of 2021.
Kamloops “Cookie’s Place” Quick Facts
The province has over 1,000 homes that are either underway or completed in Kamloops. Of these homes,
- 290 homes are allotted for moderate-income earners
- 155 homes are allotted for persons who are currently experiencing homelessness
- 44 homes are allotted for women and children who are in violent households
- There are also an additional 533 beds that will be allotted for student housing
Check out maps of the development here. You can also find information on how BC Housing is providing support to residents of British Columbia during the pandemic here.