Supportive housing at Fortune Motel could open soon, City of Kamloops says

Fortune facility to open soon

Supportive housing units in the former Fortune Motel building may be open in the coming weeks, according to a City of Kamloops manager.

In a community services committee meeting on Thursday, Coun. Denis Walsh asked staff for an update on the Fortune Motel property.

The former motel, located at 654 Fortune Dr., was purchased by BC Housing last year for $3.6 million with plans to create dozens of supportive housing units.

Carmin Mazzotta, the city’s social, housing and community development manager, told the committee the facility could open soon.

“We are hopeful that that site — the 28 supportive housing units — will be opening within the coming weeks,” Mazzotta said.

After the property was purchased, the former motel building was slated to undergo renovations, with BC Housing initially estimating the site would open its doors in fall 2021.

BC Housing selected Canadian Mental Health Association Kamloops to be the operator for the property.

According to a Let’s Talk page set up by BC Housing to answer questions about the facility, CMHA plan to have multiple staff on site 24/7, providing services like daily meals, skills training and referrals to health services.

“Discussions will be had with applicants to ensure the services provided meet their needs and there is an appropriate mix of residents,” BC Housing said.

“All residents will sign a program agreement [similar to a tenancy agreement] and pay rent.”

Castanet Kamloops has reached out to BC Housing for more information on the Fortune Motel project.

Mazzotta also provided the community services committee with brief overview of other sites across the city identified for future housing projects.

These include a property on Campbell Avenue identified as a site for future affordable rental housing for seniors and families, the Glenfair seniors complex — slated for redevelopment — and a property at 800 Victoria St., which will be the site of a development undertaken by Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services.

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