The B.C. government is funding 47 extreme weather shelter spaces across Burnaby this winter to help people whose health and safety may be threatened by cold, wet weather.
The following locations will offer temporary shelter space when an extreme weather alert is activated by the community:
- Extreme Weather Shelter, 7540 6th St. – 27 spaces
- Burnaby Extreme Weather Shelter (overflow site), 8611 Armstrong Rd. – 20 spaces
The temporary spaces will be available from now until March 31, 2017. Communities decide 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 to help connect people with a range of services such as housing, health care and community supports. Last year, more than 7,100 people in B.C. were connected to housing, income assistance and a range of support services by provincially-funded homeless outreach and shelter workers.
Richard T. Lee, MLA for Burnaby North –
“As the weather begins to get wet and colder, these temporary extreme weather shelters will help bolster pre-existing shelters and provide a warm, safe place of refuge.”
- Throughout the province, the B.C. government will provide approximately $1.6 million this winter to make close to 1,000 extreme weather shelter spaces available in nearly 75 communities.
- These spaces supplement the almost 2,000 permanent, year-round shelter spaces available throughout the province. Most permanent shelter beds are available 24/7 and provide three meals a day.
- Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $4.9 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families.
- This year, more than 104,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.
To see a map of permanent and temporary shelters in B.C., please visit: http://www.bchousing.org/Options/Emergency_Housing/Map
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