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November 22 2013

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The BC government and the City of Vancouver are opening additional winter emergency shelter spaces, providing new rent supplements, and adding more long-term housing supports for people who are homeless.

Two temporary winter shelters operated by Rain City Housing will offer 75 additional spaces for the homeless, opening early December and closing by April 30, 2014.

The province will provide funding to operate the shelters and outreach services; the City will provide the buildings at and lead community awareness for the sites.

Over the last five years, almost 500 people have transitioned from the Winter Response Shelters into permanent housing.

Shelter locations

Two temporary shelters will be open from December to April and are located at:

  • 21 E 5th Ave
  • 862 Richards St

Additional longer-term options include:

  • 3475 E Hastings, former Ramada Hotel: 40 temporary units in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood for people transitioning from shelters to more permanent housing.

Rent supplements

The province will also provide up to $300,000 to Carnegie Outreach Services for 40 rent supplements and support services to help people who are homeless access housing in the private market. 

Learn about the City's approach to affordable housing

Winter Response Shelters will help homeless people in Vancouver

Winter Response Strategy

The City is working with the Province to provide cold-weather shelter, and connect homeless people to community resources.