The site of a former motel is reopening but not as a place for tourists or visitors.
The motel has been converted into supportive housing for people who are or are at risk of becoming homeless. The facility has 28 new supportive homes in the former Fortune Motel in Kamloops, BC.
“Converting this building to supportive housing will help ensure people experiencing homelessness have access to safe and secure housing,” said Murray Rankin, BC Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing.
“We are grateful to work with partners like the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide housing for those in need in Kamloops and across the province.
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The province purchased the former motel in June 2021, through BC Housing.
The property has two buildings, the larger containing “28 studios”.
The Kamloops branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association will operate the building, which has been named Genesis Place.
“Our renewed mandate and commitment promotes natural and culturally holistic wellness-focused services that encourage social and emotional growth,” said Alfred Achoba, CEO of ACSM.
“Genesis Place facilitates bonds, in particular by promoting reunions between family members, as well as by preventing the development of new mental health problems. We remain committed to using evidence-based strategies in our services and integrating psychosocial rehabilitation programs.
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People staying at Genesis Place will have access to “24-hour” services, which include daily meals and life skills training.
Interior Health will also serve residents as needed.
The Mayor of the City of Kamloops said the new facility is a step in the right direction to reduce homelessness in the community.
“Genesis Place means 28 more people in our community will have a safe and secure place to call home and will have access to supports to help them succeed in keeping that place,” said Mayor Ken Christian.
The project is part of British Columbia’s 10-year, $7 billion housing plan. Since 2017, the province has funded more than 35,000 new homes that have been completed or are underway for residents of British Columbia, including more than 1,300 homes in Kamloops.
While the province announced the opening of Genesis Place, officials did not give a specific date.
Global News has contacted the British Columbia Ministry of Attorney General and Housing Authority for clarification.
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