The decision has been made to turn the Kamloops Curling Club into a socially distanced shelter for the homeless during the upcoming winter.

Ty Helgason, the city’s acting social and community development supervisor, says the building will house 50 beds. BC Housing is funding and preparing the site, while CMHA will manage it (the city acts as a facilitator, not hands-on, he notes).

“They’re anticipating that building will be ready by the end of the month,” Helgason tells Castanet, adding activation is expected in early to mid-January.