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City of Kamloops to Hire a New Social and Housing Manager

City of Kamloops to Hire a New Social and Housing Manager

March 2, 2021 at 8:42 am  Kamloops, Municipal, News

The City of Kamloops is pleased to announce Council’s approval of a new Social and Housing Manager in the Community and Protective Services (CPS) Department. This manager will lead the Social and Community Development portfolio, including housing, community development, and Emergency Support Services (ESS), and will play a critical role in ensuring the City is proactively positioned to support potential solutions to the current crisis evolving on our streets.

Cities across Canada are grappling with the complexity of social, health, and housing issues. All levels of government are being challenged to develop resources to support our most vulnerable populations and fragile business sectors and to restore safe and secure communities. Developing supported housing, supporting community partners in providing wrap-around programs and services, and advocating for more affordable housing will be key responsibilities of this new manager.  

This new position reinforces the recent introduction of Community Service Officers. Over the past year, the CPS Department reviewed the City’s Bylaw Services Division, specifically the role of Bylaw Officers in the changing community landscape. Advances in technology reduced the department’s staffing needs for services like parking management and dog licensing and provided an opportunity to reallocate those resources to better meet the community’s needs. With increased training, Community Service Officers will spend more time directly interfacing with social and community partners and the public. 

These changes support the long-term vision for the CPS Department. As part of the City’s restructure in 2018, the CPS Department was created to bring together the divisions that uniquely impact the residents’ quality of life. Each division—RCMP Support Services; Kamloops Fire Rescue; Community Services; and, Recreation, Social Development, and Culture—delivers important programs and services that collectively contribute to an inclusive, healthy, and diverse community. 

The benefits of this integration are being experienced in many initiatives, including: 

  • supporting Interior Health in establishing vaccination clinics
  • coordinating ESS volunteers in emergency operations such as the recent displacement of tenants of the Cherry Avenue apartment fire
  • ensuring important recreation services have supported community participation safely through the COVID-19 pandemic
  • assisting businesses with evaluations and plans to mitigate crime on personal property

Recruitment for the Social and Housing Manager will begin soon with the objective of filling the position this spring. For career opportunities at the City, visit Kamloops.ca/Careers

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