Kamloops - 245 St. Paul Street

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BC Housing and the City of Kamloops are working together to respond to an urgent need for shelter in the community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the current housing crisis. To that end, BC Housing has leased the gymnasium of the former Stuart Wood School at 245 St. Paul Street to operate a 24/7 emergency winter shelter. The need within the community is great as there are over 200 individuals experiencing homelessness in Kamloops who need a safe and secure space.

The shelter is anticipated to open later this month and will provide approximately 25 beds to bring people indoors during the winter months, when harsh weather and freezing temperatures create an increased risk to life safety. The lease expires on March 31, 2022, at which point the shelter will close.

Community Engagement

We understand that it is important for you to be informed about this project and to have an opportunity to ask questions. CMHA Kamloops, in partnership with BC Housing and the City of Kamloops, hosted a virtual information session on December 7 to share information about the shelter and its future operations.

If you have questions, we welcome questions and comments below or by email to: communityrelations@bchousing.org(External link).


BC Housing and the City of Kamloops are working together to respond to an urgent need for shelter in the community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the current housing crisis. To that end, BC Housing has leased the gymnasium of the former Stuart Wood School at 245 St. Paul Street to operate a 24/7 emergency winter shelter. The need within the community is great as there are over 200 individuals experiencing homelessness in Kamloops who need a safe and secure space.

The shelter is anticipated to open later this month and will provide approximately 25 beds to bring people indoors during the winter months, when harsh weather and freezing temperatures create an increased risk to life safety. The lease expires on March 31, 2022, at which point the shelter will close.

Community Engagement

We understand that it is important for you to be informed about this project and to have an opportunity to ask questions. CMHA Kamloops, in partnership with BC Housing and the City of Kamloops, hosted a virtual information session on December 7 to share information about the shelter and its future operations.

If you have questions, we welcome questions and comments below or by email to: communityrelations@bchousing.org(External link).

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  • Last time this facility was open it housed a sexual predator that threatened our female staff. Will you check if you are housing criminals that have outstanding warrants? What extra safety protocols are you having for us that are nearby this location?

    Bill Sanesh asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your inquiry, Bill. Please know that BC Housing and CMHA Kamloops (the non-profit operator) strive to reduce and keep risk to a minimum for our community. The first line of safety is our awareness of surroundings, knowledge of who is in the building, and what is occurring in the immediate area. CMHA's primary concern is to keep safe and to protect all other individuals/neighbourhood to the best of their ability, without putting anyone at risk of harm. This means the staff and the neighbourhood watch team exercise sound judgement in order to perform their job in a safe way, in a reasonable time frame and, where appropriate, with the right materials or tools. 

    CMHA’s shelters provide services to individuals without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, social condition, level of physical ability and/or substance misuse and mental health issues. We do, however, ensure behaviours are aligned and compliant with the program agreement the shelter user signs upon intake. We do not allow criminal activity or threat of harm toward anyone within the building as well as the neighbourhood. While discriminatory criteria for admission are not tolerated, the shelters are not expected to deliver services to individuals in circumstances where the safety and/or security of the provider or any other individual may be threatened.

    Clients who indicate that they have an arrest warrant, or for whom we know there is an arrest warrant, will be advised they need to contact RCMP about their legal situation immediately. We believe these practices keep everyone safe while providing valued services in our community.

    To learn more about CMHA, please visit: www.kamloops.cmha.bc.ca

  • The existing facilities (Memorial Arena) have spilled crime, needles, and human waste into the downtown core. Why open another space if you cannot address the issues created at the existing one?

    Bill Sanesh asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your inquiry, Bill, we appreciate you have concerns about the shelters. Kamloops is in immediate need of additional shelter options. Temperatures are now regularly dropping below freezing overnight so it is a life-or-death situation. BC Housing and our non-profit partner Canadian Mental Heatlh Association (CMHA) are committed to being a good neighbour in developing new shelter sites. CMHA will be responsible for ensuring the grounds and the building are kept to a high standard both inside and outside. As part of the commitment to the neighbourhood, CMHA will do all they can to ensure the immediate area surrounding the property is clean. You may see staff or shelter guests picking up garbage in the neighbourhood.

  • Hello: What are the rules for the residents of these new proposed homeless shelters? Are they still allowed to use drugs or alcohol, do they have to clean their rooms, is there a curfew for all residents, and is rehab help available fore addicts that want to change? Thank you, Mark.

    Mark asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your inquiry, Mark. Shelter guests may make personal choices regarding their consumption habits. BC Housing follows the widely recognized and proven Housing First model. A harm reduction approach means staff are available to support any residents who are in various phases of substance use.   

    In order to help people who use substances, we need to first give them a safe and secure place to sleep, food to eat, and access to services so that they can move forward with their lives.  

    While not all residents may need access to it, there will be an Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) located in the shelter for the safety of the residents. 

    In terms of cleanliness, CMHA, the selected shelter operator, will be responsible for ensuring the grounds and the building are kept to a high standard both inside and outside. As part of the commitment to the neighbourhood, CMHA will do all they can to ensure the immediate area surrounding the property is clean.  You may see staff or shelter guests picking up garbage in the neighbourhood. There are no rooms available, shelter guests will have access to beds, showers, meals, and staff to support guests in accessing community services and to help with case management planning.  

    Regarding curfew, shelter guests are adults able to make personal choices around what time they come in at night, and how they spend their time during the day.