Kamloops – 654 Fortune Drive

Fortune Motel in Kamloops.

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The province, through BC Housing, has purchased the Fortune Motel located at 654 Fortune Drive to provide homes with supports for those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Kamloops.

Short-term, the motel will be renovated to provide temporary homes with supports. Residents will be moving in once these are complete in the Fall. Long-term, BC Housing will submit a rezoning application and larger renovations will allow the site to provide permanent supportive housing to people in the community experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

No operator for the property has been selected yet; however, BC Housing will ensure the right operator is selected to best meet the needs of the residents.

The future operator will have multiple staff on site 24/7 and provide support services such as:

  • daily meals
  • skills training
  • references to healthcare professionals for access to mental health and addiction treatment, for residents who need it

Discussions will be had with applicants to ensure the services provided in this building meet their needs and there is an appropriate mix of residents. All residents will sign a program agreement (similar to a tenancy agreement) and pay rent.

Construction has started on the Fortune Motel, and the community can expect to see workers onsite starting late August 2021.

Construction will include fencing to the perimeter of the motel in addition to the pool and hot tub being filled in. Security will be on-site and no traffic or pedestrian disruptions are expected at this time

Community Engagement

BC Housing is committed to an ongoing community dialogue and invites the community to learn more about the project, and address questions that neighbours may have about supportive housing being operated at the site.

BC Housing will apply to rezone the property later in 2021. An application will be submitted to the city and follow the municipal rezoning process. Once we have a timeline for the rezoning, we will be reaching back out to engage with the community as part of this process. The website will also be updated as more information becomes available.

We welcome questions and comments below in the Q&A or by email to: communityrelations@bchousing.org

Image courtesy of Google Maps.

The province, through BC Housing, has purchased the Fortune Motel located at 654 Fortune Drive to provide homes with supports for those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Kamloops.

Short-term, the motel will be renovated to provide temporary homes with supports. Residents will be moving in once these are complete in the Fall. Long-term, BC Housing will submit a rezoning application and larger renovations will allow the site to provide permanent supportive housing to people in the community experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

No operator for the property has been selected yet; however, BC Housing will ensure the right operator is selected to best meet the needs of the residents.

The future operator will have multiple staff on site 24/7 and provide support services such as:

  • daily meals
  • skills training
  • references to healthcare professionals for access to mental health and addiction treatment, for residents who need it

Discussions will be had with applicants to ensure the services provided in this building meet their needs and there is an appropriate mix of residents. All residents will sign a program agreement (similar to a tenancy agreement) and pay rent.

Construction has started on the Fortune Motel, and the community can expect to see workers onsite starting late August 2021.

Construction will include fencing to the perimeter of the motel in addition to the pool and hot tub being filled in. Security will be on-site and no traffic or pedestrian disruptions are expected at this time

Community Engagement

BC Housing is committed to an ongoing community dialogue and invites the community to learn more about the project, and address questions that neighbours may have about supportive housing being operated at the site.

BC Housing will apply to rezone the property later in 2021. An application will be submitted to the city and follow the municipal rezoning process. Once we have a timeline for the rezoning, we will be reaching back out to engage with the community as part of this process. The website will also be updated as more information becomes available.

We welcome questions and comments below in the Q&A or by email to: communityrelations@bchousing.org

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  • - how does BC Housing proceed with the work proposed without a Development Permit, Re-Zoning, or a Building Permit ?

    bonarch asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. We are exploring options for future redevelopment, and we are not planning on proposing any more living units than currently exist in the motel building, therefore development permitting, and rezoning are not required. BC Housing has a temporary work permit to undertake minor renovations.

  • Thank you in advance for answering my question. First, let me say that I am in full support of this project. My concern is drug use. It is prolific in this area (I live on Vernon Ave in a 55+ building). Will drug users be living on these premises? If so, will they be required to be in a program? Thank you.

    Pam Lamont asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your support. It is appreciated. 

    BC Housing’s supportive housing buildings are operated based on the widely recognized and proven Housing First model. Residents at these sites, and all other supportive housing buildings that BC Housing is affiliated with, are permitted to make their own choices regarding lifestyle. This includes the decision to abstain or use drugs/alcohol in the privacy of their homes. If they choose to use, the operators will work with each tenant ensure they use safely.     

    We take a harm reduction approach, which means staff is available to support any residents who are in various phases of substance use and the building would be set up with the ability to provide a safe space for residents who are active substance users.     

    Harm reduction acknowledges that many people may not be able to remain abstinent. The harm reduction approach meets people where they are at and provides an option to engage with peers, medical and social services in a non-judgmental way.     

    The overarching goal of the harm reduction approach is to prevent the negative consequences of substance use and to improve health. Harm reduction approaches and programming are a best practice for engaging with individuals with substance use issues.    

    The operator would work with Interior Health in determining best practices to ensure tenants are safe and healthy. When residents are ready to make a change, staff on site would connect them with the appropriate health and support services.   

  • I wish more information was put out for people who oppose this. The ignorance and lack of empathy in this town is scary. I believe this is a great idea!

    Nicole Trista asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your support. It is very much appreciated.

  • I think this is a horrible idea. Come to Kamloops and experience was is currently happening in the northshore. This was once a good town, it's now the junkieville capital. Are you ok with all the good citizens relocating because of this? Do you condone the loop and what it has done to the northshore?what is your call to action when this makes the area worse?

    Nicole Durham asked 4 months ago

    We know that street homelessness isn’t working for anyone – not for those who are homeless, and not for surrounding communities.

    The Province is working to address the ongoing housing crisis and COVID-19 pandemic. This has led us to explore purchasing hotels and other spaces to provide indoor spaces in Kamloops. This site is just one of many in Kamloops. Last year the Province had over 1,000 new homes complete or underway across Kamloops including: 

        290 homes for low to moderate income earners

        155 homes for people experiencing homelessness

        44 homes for women and their children leaving violence

        533 student housing beds

    This site was chosen because of the increasing demand for homes with supports, their availability, costs and proximity to transit and other services. 

  • may I suggest that seniors be the ones that get the access from this new facility? We have a few for others. Given the number of existing market apartments, this property is close to the North hills mall with grocery and drugstore in the area. For them, even with walkers, it is possible to access without a long walk or drive. I would feel more comfortable with that priority addressed, because there is a couple elementary schools nearby, and that would be a good mix.

    Charlene Ross asked 4 months ago

    This site was chosen because of the increasing demand for homes with supports, their availability, costs and proximity to transit and other services. People who experience homelessness are as varied as any other neighbour. They may, in fact,  be seniors, persons with disabilities, people who have employment but no housing, people who are working through mental health concerns and/or substance use. All residents in supportive housing have made a choice to work towards living a healthy, stable life. 

    Regarding proximity to schools, many supportive housing sites for people experiencing homelessness across the province have been operating in their communities and near schools for 10+ years with no issues and with support from the community. There are over 210 provincially funded supportive housing sites across the province that are within 500 metres of a school, and 52% of provincially funded supportive housing sites in B.C. within 500 metres of schools have been operating for 10+ years.     

  • Why was the surrounding community/neighborhood not consulted in this decision?

    Jeneen Lamont asked 4 months ago

    Unfortunately, real estate transactions cannot be confirmed until they are concluded.   There are a number of reasons for that, but the most important reason is that it could result in the potential jeopardizing of the real estate transaction.  This would inhibit our ability to address the housing mandate before us.  Once a real estate transaction is finalized, our commitment is to engage with the community and provide opportunities for dialogue and conversation so that we can build our partnership and ensure successful community integration into neighbourhoods.

  • Were you aware aware of the North Shore Community Plan before purchase of this property? If yes. How does this directly fit in to the plan ? If No. Why were you not aware of the plan? How do you now see it fitting in with the plan? https://letstalk.kamloops.ca/northshoreplan

    Lee asked 4 months ago

    Yes, we were aware of the plan, and it will be taken into consideration as we work through the longer term plan for the development. 

    BC Housing will apply for rezoning and will work closely with the city and the community on future long-term plans for the site. A proposed long-term use has not yet been determined.

  • Was the City of Kamloops Council aware of this purchace BEFORE it was made?

    Lee asked 4 months ago

    Staff from the City of Kamloops was advised of the purchase as was the Mayor.

    BC Housing will apply for rezoning and will work closely with the city and the community on future long-term plans for the site. A proposed long-term use has not yet been determined.

  • Who is part of the "Coordinated Access Table" you mention in the answer to a question.

    Lee asked 4 months ago

    The coordinated access table includes agencies involved in outreach, housing, and Interior Health. Collectively they assess applicants for suitability. 

    Suitability considers vulnerability in the community, neighbourhood considerations, accessibility to services, the housing operators’ experience and mandates - all in the interest of creating a balanced mix tenancy that will support successful operation and tenancies.

  • Can you assure the parents of the Elementary school that the safety of the children will be considered when choosing accupants. How will this be addressed and communicated to them.

    Lee asked 4 months ago

    Many supportive housing sites for people experiencing homelessness across the province have been operating in their communities and near schools for 10+ years with no issues and with support from the community. 

    There are over 210 provincially funded supportive housing sites across the province that are within 500 metres of a school, and 52% of provincially funded supportive housing sites in B.C. within 500 metres of schools have been operating for 10+ years.

    Going forward BC Housing and the non-profit operator will set up a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that would oversee the supportive housing’s integration within the community and address any concerns raised by people in the neighbourhood.  

    BC Housing will provide an operator contact for the community to reach out to with questions or concerns as part of an ongoing dialogue. CACs are another key part of how we ensure that supportive housing buildings integrate well into their neighbourhoods, and our experience is that they have been highly effective at helping communities and operators work together.

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