Affordable housing project breaks ground downtown

An affordable housing project announced more than two years ago has broken ground in downtown Kamloops.

The project, at the corner of St. Paul Street and Fifth Avenue near to the RCMP detachment, is a partnership between the John Howard Society and local and provincial governments. It is geared toward providing affordable housing to singles, families, seniors and people with disabilities and mental health issues.

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Initially slated to be a 52-unit complex and anticipated to break ground in early 2019, a press release from the ministry of housing and municipal affairs released on Friday afternoon states that with additional funding from the province, the building will now include 60 affordable housing units for rent.

There is no word yet on the project timeline, though KTW has reached out to the ministry, city and John Howard Society for additional information and is waiting to hear back.

The housing will be managed by the John Howard Society. Rent will range from $710 for studio space to $920 for two-bedroom units. The non-profit said at the time the project was announced it would not house parolees. Residents are expected to move in beginning in early 2022, the release stated.

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