Similar to Kamloops, Barriere will need housing for seniors in the coming years.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has analyzed future housing needs for the community 45 minutes north of Kamloops, with an assessment recently provided to the board.
The report notes seniors ages 65 and older represent about a third of the population, but no seniors’ housing complexes exist in the area.
Barriere has a population of about 3,000, which is expected to increase to about 3,150 in the next five years. Many seniors who responded apparently indicated that within the next decade, they plan to downsize into accommodations that do not exist in the area.
Between 45 and 225 additional housing units will be required, with the greatest need for low-income and seniors low-income housing, the report states. The results showed renters, especially seniors, are in greater need than those who own their homes.
Of a total of 1,380 units in the area, only 195 accommodate renters. In addition, pet-friendly housing is difficult to find and young families, working middle income or low-income residents and those with mobility challenges are seeking rental housing.
Read the entire report on Barriere housing needs, go online here.
The TNRD is working on a report for other areas in the region, with a completion date expected in early 2021. The province provides funds for local governments to assess housing needs every five years.
A recent assessment of housing needs in Kamloops determined that housing prices are high, rent is high, vacancy is low and seniors will need places to live in the coming years.
KTW plans on providing a regional snapshot of housing needs, reporting on each area as the information becomes available.
Read the story on Kamloops housing needs here.