Currently Kamloops does not have culturally appropriate and affordable co-housing for indigenous Elders and youth who have experience with the child welfare system. This housing is unique to Kamloops and is one of the only housing projects in BC that offers continuum of affordable housing for youth before and after they age out of child welfare services. What characterizes our housing project is the vision of culturally responsive services rooted in the strength of reconciliation.
With the support and guidance from our LMO Elder’s Council, Indigenous Youth Advisory Committee and members of our Indigenous community, we are working together to develop a culturally safe home that honours the integrity of our young Indigenous population between the ages of 16-26.
Our cohousing will be an alcohol, drug and violence free environment. It will have studio and 1 bedroom apartments, accessible suites, a kekuli common space, a common kitchen, coin laundry facilities, green space, social spaces, resident Elders, cultural mentors and in-house support workers.
Co-housing Elders with our youth, fosters the traditional elder-youth relationship, strengthening our community and cultivating a sense of belonging to all our residents. We honour our Elders and youth as having genuine, undeniable value.