Lii Michif Optipemisiwak Family & Community Services
DESIGN / CONSTRUCTION
2016 – Ongoing
Lii Michif Optipemisiwak Family & Community Services (LMO), with the support of the City of Kamloops, is developing a 31-unit residential building to house First Nation, Métis and Inuit youth aging out of care, and Elders. This unique project, in honour of Alex’s Story, is aiming to provide a culturally supported, safe and suitable home for youth who can fall through the cracks on the housing continuum.
“Ki-kek-yel-c” means to cover young protectively; how birds wrap wings around their young. The name was gifted to LMO by a group of Secwepemc speakers to honour the territory. “A Place of Belonging” is the name of LMO’s first housing project and honours the Métis and the efforts of the organization to bring this much needed project to life.
The project vision includes the development of a 31 unit, two-storey apartment building comprised of 15 studio units and 16 one-bedroom units. Through a partnership with AHMA, tenant support workers will be available on-site for youth to access.
To date, MDS has prepared a feasibility analysis, need, and demand, and, through successful funding applications, securing funding from both the federal and provincial government to mobilize the project through to construction. The project is moving towards final project approval with an anticipated construction start date of spring 2019. MDS will continue to provide project management and administration services until project completion.
- Feasibility Analysis
- Need and Demand Study
- Community Engagement
- Ongoing Construction Administration Services