Fortune Drive motel reopens as 28-unit supportive housing facility

Supportive housing opens

A supportive housing facility inside a converted motel on Fortune Drive has welcomed its first residents.

According to a news release Friday morning from the provincial government, the 28-unit facility in the former Fortune Motel is now open, known as Genesis Place.

“Converting this building to supportive housing will help ensure people experiencing homelessness have access to safe and secure housing,” Murray Rankin, Attorney General and Minister responsible for housing, said in the release.

“We are grateful to be working with partners like the Canadian Mental Health Association to deliver homes for people in need in Kamloops and throughout the province.”

The provincial government bought the Fortune Motel, 654 Fortune Dr., in June of 2021. The facility consists of a small building and a large building. The large building, home to 28 studio units, is now open.

“Genesis Place means 28 more people in our community will have a safe and secure place to call home and access to supports to help them succeed in maintaining this housing,” Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said in the release.

“This is one step closer to reducing homelessness in our community.”

Genesis Place will be operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Kamloops branch.

“Our renewed mandate and commitment promote natural and culturally holistic wellness-focused services that encourage social and emotional growth,” Alfred Achoba, executive director of the agency, said.

“Genesis Place facilitates connections including fostering reunion between family members, as well as preventing the development of new mental-health challenges. We remain committed in using evidence-based strategies in our services and incorporating psychosocial rehabilitation programs.”

BC Housing paid $3.6 million for the purchase of the motel and has committed to providing $1 million each year to cover its operational expenses.

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