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Additional 75 people used warming shelters Monday

December 20 2016 All centres open again tonight at 9:00pm

Person on street

An additional 75 people took advantage Monday night of warming shelters we set up at community centres starting on the weekend. Of those who used the shelter space, more than two-thirds stayed overnight.

We set up the temporary warming shelters in response to the cold and wet weather to provide additional space for people to come inside and warm up.

Warming shelters open again Tuesday night

All three community warming shelters will be open tonight starting at 9:00pm and are staffed by City and Park Board staff along with members of the Vancouver Volunteer Corps.

Turnout at the warming shelters Monday night was:

  • West End Community Centre: 28
  • Creekside Community Centre: 26
  • The Hall at 1739 Venables: 22

Additional help available tonight

We also appreciate the generosity of the Al Jamia Masjid Mosque located at 655 West 8th Ave, which also opened its doors Sunday and Monday night, and will be open again tonight starting at 7:00pm. Overnight visitors to the Mosque were also provided with food and clothing.

Yellow Cab is continuing to provide transport to any of the shelters free of charge.

Community comes together

The Khalsa Diwan Society also accommodated 17 people Saturday and seven on Sunday night. 

Mountain Equipment Co-op also donated a number of sleeping bags that were distributed to those who needed them by the City's Carnegie Homeless Outreach Team.

Shelter spaces in Vancouver

There are:

  • 956 permanent shelter beds
  • 195 additional temporary winter shelter beds
  • Up to 234 beds available during extreme weather

Phone 2-1-1 to check if shelter spaces are available.

Due to the recent winter weather, many shelters have had to turn people away. We are working with BC Housing to identify additional winter shelter opportunities.

Community centres and other public buildings are also available during their open hours as spaces to warm up.

Background

Over the last eight winters, we have partnered with BC Housing to open temporary winter shelters so people experiencing homelessness can find the support they need. Winter shelters save lives by connecting homeless residents with necessary health, social, and housing services. 

Learn about our Winter Response Shelter Strategy