Salmon Arm - 540 Street South West Affordable and Supportive Housing


540 3 Street South West

Canadian Mental Health Association – Shuswap / Revelstoke Branch (CMHA), through the support of BC Housing, will be building and operating 38 units of supportive housing, as well as 67 units of affordable rental housing for families, seniors and people with disabilities, at 540 3 Street South West (previous civic address 250 5th Street South West) in Salmon Arm. Site preparation work has begun with construction to start this summer. This new housing will be an important addition for the community.

About the Project

There will be two buildings of affordable rental housing providing a


540 3 Street South West

Canadian Mental Health Association – Shuswap / Revelstoke Branch (CMHA), through the support of BC Housing, will be building and operating 38 units of supportive housing, as well as 67 units of affordable rental housing for families, seniors and people with disabilities, at 540 3 Street South West (previous civic address 250 5th Street South West) in Salmon Arm. Site preparation work has begun with construction to start this summer. This new housing will be an important addition for the community.

About the Project

There will be two buildings of affordable rental housing providing a mix of one-bedroom up to four-bedroom units for families, seniors and people with disabilities.

A third building will provide 38 studio units with 24/7 on-site supports, plus amenity space for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Salmon Arm. Applicants will go through a thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports. All residents will sign a program agreement (similar to a tenancy agreement) and will pay rent.

Supportive housing is a self-contained studio home with supports provided on-site, to ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. Priority would be given to Salmon Arm residents who meet the eligibility criteria. A community advisory committee would be developed to support the successful integration of the new building and residents into the community, with representation from BC Housing, City of Salmon Arm, Interior Health, local businesses, community organizations and community members.

Community Information Session

We invite you to join Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Housing and Interior Health at a Community Information Session to learn more, see renderings of the building and have questions answered. Please view our Key Dates section for details.


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  • Will the units allow pets?

    Debbielatimer asked about 1 month ago

    Yes, pets are allowed in this housing. For the supportive housing, if someone moves in with a pet it would be accommodated but not if someone acquires one when living here. The Program Agreement will include guidelines for pets. The intention for the affordable housing is that one of the two buildings would be pet friendly and the other not. There will be pet policies established closer to move in dates.


  • I support this project fully. I do not support the new panhandling bylaw.

    Joe menghini asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your message. 

  • Who is going to manage the 3 buildings? A different person/persons for each building? Will there be someone to monitor cleanliness of the buildings and common areas, inside and out? I understand the incredible need for housing for the homeless or almost homeless, alot of times there is an addiction that they have. Will someone monitor this situation? I live in the area directly affected by these new buildings and see many homeless or almost homeless in the neighborhood. Most are good but some scare the daylights out of me. Are there procedures and procautions for these folks?

    Black Day Lilies asked about 1 month ago

    CMHA will be responsible for property and operations management of the supportive housing, including providing staff. CMHA has over twenty years of experience operating affordable housing and provides a wide range of innovative services and supports tailored to and in partnership with our communities.

    Staff will be on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staff will be supported by a manager, who will be onsite Monday-Friday, in addition to various other staff that will be providing on-site services to the residents. During the day, due to programming activities, there may be more support staff on site. Staff and residents will work together to ensure the housing and immediate area is kept clean.

    Supportive housing residents will sign a Program Agreement and will be expected to abide by it. The Program Agreement addresses expectations about appropriate and respectful behavior especially as it relates to the health and safety of themselves and others.

    In terms of responding to issues brought forward by neighbours, one strategy we have used with success is a Community Advisory Committee to support the successful integration of the new building and residents into the community, with representation that may include BC Housing, the health authority, the municipality, local RCMP, local service providers and a few selected community members at large. This is how we can respond to community to concerns as well as provide information from other various stakeholders about what is happening in the community.  Our supportive housing providers are proactive and responsive and want to ensure that if there is an immediate issue that needs a response, they are ready to act.

  • Is damage deposit and a pet deposit required?

    Lanie asked about 1 month ago

    No damage or pet deposits are required. 

  • How does one apply to be accepted into this new housing?

    Karen asked about 1 month ago

    The affordable housing and supportive housing will have separate application processes. The new housing at 540 – 3rd Street SW will include 3 buildings made up of 67 one to four bedroom rental apartments for families, seniors and persons with disabilities, and 38 studio apartments for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

    Affordable Rental Housing

    This housing is divided into three rent levels.
    1. Rent Geared to Income (34 units): applicants must meet Housing Income Limits and apply through the Housing Registry. 
    2. Affordable Housing (20 units): applicant must meet moderate income limits and apply directly to CMHA. Application information will be available in the months leading up to opening. 
    3. Deep Subsidy (13 units): applicants must be in receipt of Income Assistance, Old Age Security, and/or Guaranteed Income Supplement, and must apply through the Housing Registry. 
    Supportive Housing

    Low-income adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness who require supports to help maintain housing must apply through the Supportive Housing Registration Service.

  • This message is not a query but rather a note of congratulations for this building project. Homelessness has really concerned me and I think there should almost be a law against it in such a wealthy country as Canada. I am a expat of New Zealand and in Auckland and Hamilton they have a programme called Housing First. Check out: www.housingfirst.co.nz I am hoping to attend the info session on July 18th.

    Jos asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your message and words of support. We agree that everyone needs a home.
     
    The new homes with supports, as well as the affordable rental housing, will be a much-needed addition to the spectrum of housing in Salmon Arm. More housing and services are needed, and we will continue to work together with community partners on a plan for more solutions. 

    We look forward to meeting you on July 18.