KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Crews have broken ground on Katherine’s Place, a new supportive housing building for youth and young adults in Kamloops, named after the late Katherine McParland, a local youth advocate.
“It’s so important that young people have a safe and secure place to call home,” said Nicholas Simons, minister of social development and poverty reduction, in a release. “I am grateful to A Way Home Kamloops for partnering with our government to build a place that will provide supportive homes for youth in need.”
Katherine’s Place will provide 39 new supportive homes for young people between 19 and 26. The province, through BC Housing, is partnering with A Way Home Kamloops and a local developer to deliver the new homes.
McParland died in 2020 after dedicating her life and career to advocating for youth housing services. The province stated Katherine’s Place is an acknowledgement of McParland’s positive, life-changing effect on local youth and will continue her legacy by providing services to young people who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness.
The building will be staffed around the clock and will provide residents with meals, counselling and life-skills training, as well as employment and education support. A Way Home Kamloops will also support residents’ access to community health services.
The building will include commercial space, which will be used by A Way Home Kamloops for its offices.
Construction is expected to be completed in late 2023.