Council passes housing needs assessment

Study will look into creating more homes in 100 Mile House

District of 100 Mile House District councillors passed a memo to seek funding to conduct an assessment about the need for housing in the community.

One of the supporting factors has been reports from local businesses having difficulty hiring new employees due to a lack of housing opportunities.

I’ve been hearing from local businesses and industries that there is a huge issue with the housing in our community,” says 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall.

We have businesses that can’t hire employees because they have nowhere to place them and that’s a big issue.”

While the memo was passed, it was only the first step in a long road towards any form of construction.

The resolution provided support for the initiative and directed District staff to identify third-party funding for the assessment project.

With funding in place, the assessment would be carried out to determine the need for housing in 100 Mile House and specifically how great the need is in different sectors of the community.

The assessment would take into account aspects such as seniors status, low-income families and more.

Councillor Ralph Fossum says the need for housing is especially prominent for seniors living in or coming into 100 Mile House.

The assessment will also assist in determining the kind of housing needed whether it be apartments, row housing, seniors housing and more, he adds.

At the last AGE-FRIENDLY meeting, there was talk about more houses for seniors, but that’s only one piece of the [puzzle]. There are other people looking for apartments and condominiums in 100 Mile House and we are seeing a shift in development.”

A 2013 Age Friendly Assessment along with subsequent informal surveys found that housing was a primary concern for local seniors and their families and that suitable housing supports are limited.

However, the extent of the housing shortage and housing suitability has not been quantified or formally researched until now.

Council will now look into finding third-party funding for the project. If none is found, council staff will bring the issue back to the table again during budget discussions. This will determine if council wishes to provide any funding and/or consider reducing the scope of the study.

The assessment will most likely be scheduled and budgeted for 2017.




Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Theft from vehicle in 100 Mile House

The weekly RCMP report for the South Cariboo

IH requests funding support from CCRHD for Williams Lake and 100 Mile House

$1.355,420 request would support projects at CMH, OMH and Fischer Place

LETTER: Workers deserve more praise

A letter to the editor of the 100 Mile Free Press

$10,000 for Gold Rush Trails marketing video and Billie Bouchie Day celebrations

‘We were very impressed by the calibre of both projects’

Community Spirit: Going above and beyond academic expectations

Some students love going to school, some go, well, because they have… Continue reading

Kids across Canada more at risk of hospitalization from flu this season: doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam said influenza B does not usually peak until February or later

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

Kelowna hotel to award couples for baby-making with Nooner deal

The deal includes a free stay every Valentine’s Day for the next 18 years

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

B.C. pair ordered to pay $55,000 for oil tank discovered four years after selling home

Judge says defendants breached contract, despite being unaware of tank until basement flooded

Canada to give $25,000 to families of each Canadian who died in Iran plane crash

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also made it clear that Canada still expects Iran to compensate victims

Oil and gas industry applauds top court’s dismissal of B.C.’s Trans Mountain case

The high court’s ruling Thursday removes one of the remaining obstacles for the project

Most Read