City of Kamloops seeking funds for housing-needs assessment

Kamloops is eligible to apply for $50,000, based on its population

The City of Kamloops will apply for provincial funding to assess its housing needs.

Council on Tuesday approved an application for $50,000 from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s new housing needs report program.

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Social development supervisor Natalie Serl said the city underwent an assessment in 2012, with the goal of improving affordable housing, and a revision was conducted last year by Thompson Rivers University’s School of Business and Research and Graduate Studies.

However, Serl added, amendments to the Local Government Act require municipalities to publish reports, detailing current and projected housing needs for at least five years.

Kamloops is eligible to apply for $50,000, based on its population. Serl said the bulk of the research has already been done and she does not anticipate needing the full amount, with money going toward public engagement, r meetings and collaboration with housing providers in order to create a more fulsome report.

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