The City of Kamloops is partnering with HomeFree, and the group behind the Kamloops Homelessness Action Plan, to host a forum aimed at combating homelessness.
The Housing First Forum will introduce an approach to ending homelessness that has seen strong results in numerous cities around the world.
According to the Housing First method, housing should be provided as a first step to ending homelessness. Once permanent housing has been provided, then further supportive services and community resources are offered as needed.
This approach has recorded success in reducing rates of homelessness, addictions and mental health issues.
The forum, Mar. 28, will be open to the public and will feature guest speakers who have helped launch the Housing First approach in other Canadian cities.
The City hopes that those involved in operating affordable housing or providing support services in the Kamloops area, and people with lived experience of homelessness will come out to the event.
The event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Interior Savings Centre, Parkside Lounge. Any one planning to attend is asked to RSVP by Mar. 14 to Claire Macleod: [email protected] or 250-828-3758.