Seniors will soon have more affordable homes to choose from in Kamloops as construction gets underway on a 37-unit rental housing project in the community.

“Everyone deserves the security and peace of mind that comes with having an affordable home, close to friends and loved ones,” said Selina Robinson, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Together with our community partners, we are working to make sure people in Kamloops – from young families to seniors – have a good, safe home they can afford.”

The Province is partnering with the City of Kamloops and ASK Wellness Society to build the new homes at 1260 Hillside Ct. The four-storey building will provide one-bedroom units for seniors. Monthly rents are projected to range from $375 to $825.

“We are pleased to see more affordable housing on the horizon for seniors in our community,” said Ken Christian, mayor, City of Kamloops. “Housing is a key area of focus for our council and we continue to work with our partners to improve diversity and access throughout the housing continuum.”

ASK Wellness Society will own and operate the project, which will be named Cookies Place. The homes will be co-located with an existing development operated by the society, Maverick Manor.

“Cookies Place represents part of ASK’s developing continuum of housing in the Southern Interior of B.C.,” said Bob Hughes, CEO, ASK Wellness Society. ”Our philosophy of providing programming and housing that allows people to move from streets to homes to health to employment promotes the opportunity for people to regain their health, and to access employment and education opportunities. It’s what Cookie Reimer, one of the founding organizers of ASK Wellness, always has believed in. These new homes for individuals and couples 55 and over will complement the supportive homes at the Maverick Manor that offers life-skills, employment placements and recovery services.”

The Province is providing $3.9 million from the Building BC: Community Housing Fund, as well as annual operating funding, for the project. The society provided the land valued at $817,000. The City of Kamloops is providing $130,000 in municipal waivers.

Residents are expected to move into the building in fall 2021.

Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.