The B.C. government will fund more than 700 extreme weather shelter spaces across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley this winter to help those whose health and safety may be threatened by cold, wet weather.
The temporary spaces will be available from now until March 31, 2015 as communities issue extreme weather alerts for their area. The spaces will supplement the more than 1,000 permanent, year-round shelter beds across the region.
Each community decides what weather conditions warrant an alert and how many spaces to activate on a given night, depending on the capacity of existing shelters and the estimated need.
The Province also funds outreach teams in a number of Metro Vancouver communities, including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, the Tri-Cities, New Westminster and Abbotsford. These teams help connect people to housing, health care services and income assistance and provide links to other programs, such as the food bank and life skills support. Last year, more than 6,700 people in B.C. were connected with a range of support services.
Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing -
“Our government works with communities and volunteers in Metro Vancouver and around the province to ensure additional shelter space is available for people in need of a safe, warm place to stay during the winter months. Funding for these spaces is part of the more than $112 million annually we invest in the region to provide emergency shelter spaces, subsidized units and rent supplements for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”
- Throughout the province, the B.C. government will provide up to $1.6 million this winter to make more than 1,100 temporary emergency shelter spaces serving more than 90 communities.
- A list of Extreme Weather Response shelter spaces is available at: http://www.bchousing.org/Options/Emergency_Housing/EXR
- Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $4 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families. This year, nearly 100,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.
- A list of shelter spaces is available at: www.bchousing.org/Options/Emergency_Housing/ESP
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Locations offering temporary shelter during Extreme Weather Alerts
The Extreme Weather Response program enables communities to temporarily increase emergency shelter capacity during extreme weather conditions. Communities determine when to issue an Extreme Weather Alert and how many spaces to make available on a given night.
The following locations in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will offer temporary shelter space when an Extreme Weather Alert is activated:
Abbotsford Pentecostal Church, 3145 Gladwin Rd. / 20 spaces
Cyrus Centre, 2616 Ware St. / 10 spaces
Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 3471 Clearbrook Rd. / 20 spaces
Ross Road Community Church, 3160 Ross Rd. / 10 space
Sevenoaks Alliance Church, 2575 Gladwin Rd. / 20 spaces
Lookout Emergency Aid Society, 7540 6th St.; 8611 Armstrong Ave. / 57 spaces
The Salvation Army (Gateway of Hope), 5787 Langley Bypass / 30 spaces
The Salvation Army (Caring Place), 22188 Lougheed Hwy. / 15 spaces
Mission Community Services Society (Haven in the Hollow), 32626 Logan Ave. / 15 spaces
Lookout Emergency Aid Society, 606 Clarkson St. / 30 spaces
Lookout North Shore, 705 West Second St.; 225 East Second St. / 45 spaces
Trinity United Church, 2211 Prairie Ave. / 20 spaces
The Salvation Army (Richmond House), 3111 Shell Rd. / 6 spaces
St. Alban’s Church, 7260 St. Alban’s Rd. / 16 spaces
Cloverdale Church, 102-17802 66 Ave. / 15 spaces
KEYS: Housing & Health Solutions, 9012 160 St.; 10697 135A St. / 30 spaces
Options Community Services (Hyland House Newton), 6595 King George Blvd. / 15 spaces
Surrey Urban Mission Society, 10776 King George Blvd. / 60 spaces
Catholic Charities, 828 Cambie St. / 20 spaces
Evelyne Saller Centre, 320 Alexander St. / 40 spaces
The Gathering Place, 609 Helmcken St. / 40 spaces
Directions Youth Services Centre, 1138 Burrard St. / 15 spaces
First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard St. / 25 spaces
St Mark's Anglican Church, 1805 Larch St. / 25 spaces
Tenth Avenue Alliance Church, 11 West 10th Ave. / 25 spaces
The Salvation Army (Belkin House), 555 Homer St. / 20 spaces
The Salvation Army (Harbour Light), 119 East Cordova St. / 50 spaces
Options Community Services Society (First United Church), 15385 Semiahmoo Ave. / 15 spaces