KCBIA welcoming modular supportive housing units in downtown Kamloops

By Jill Sperling
January 18, 2018 - 4:48pm Updated: January 18, 2018 - 5:29pm

KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association is pleased with Wednesday's announcement that 104 supportive housing units will be built in this city. 

Half of the modular units will be located beside Emerald Centre, and will be managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association. 

President of the KCBIA Board of Directors, Mike O'Reilly feels the move is an investment in a long-term strategic plan to combat homelessness, unlike the temporary Winter Shelter at Stuart Wood. 

He adds downtown business owners have noted an increase in homelessness issues in the past few months. 

"We have been working weekly with the city to try and address these," he said, "and we feel the city has very much listened, and worked with us. Everyone learned a lot from Stuart Wood, from the Stuart Wood announcement. It served its purpose at the time, but it was a band-aid solution, and we're very happy with how the city is moving forward."

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