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Beds in a temporary shelter

City and Province open temporary shelters for winter months

Nearly 300 temporary beds are available this winter for people who are homeless

November 1 2018 –

Today, the first of nearly 300 temporary shelter beds will open for people experiencing homelessness to stay warm and dry during Vancouver's coldest, wettest months. Since 2009, the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC have opened temporary shelters each winter across the City, in addition to the more than 900 year-round shelter beds that are available. Temporary shelters save lives by connecting people who are homeless with necessary health, social, and housing services.

Find a shelter

The following locations are open as of the date listed below:

  • 1401 Hornby St - operated by RainCity Housing and Support Society
    • 40 beds for men and women
    • Open November 1, 2018
  • 1060 Howe St - operated by Community Builders Group
    • 30 beds for men and women
    • Open November 1, 2018
  • 609 Helmcken St - operated by The Gathering Place Community Centre
    • 30 bed for men and women
    • Open November 1, 2018
  • 131 Dunlevy Ave - operated by Atira Women's Resource Society
    • 16 beds for women
    • Open week of November 12, 2018
  • 119 East Cordova Ave (Chapel Shelter) - operated by Salvation Army
    • 40 beds for men and women
    • Open November 1, 2018
  • 134 East Cordova Ave (Anchor of Hope) - operated by Salvation Army
    • 40 beds for men and women
    • Open November 1, 2018
  • 138 East Cordova St (Sutherland Shelter) - operated by Salvation Army
    • 30 beds for men
    • Open November 1, 2018
  • 1648 E 1st Ave - operated by RainCity Housing and Support Society
    • 40 beds for men and women
    • Open November 8, 2018
  • 828 Cambie St - operated by Catholic Charities Men's Hostel
    • 20 beds for men
    • Open November 15, 2018
  • 1138 Burrard St - operated by Directions Youth Services
    • 12 beds for male and female youth
    • Open November 15, 2018

Warming centres in extreme cold

The City also activates Warming Centres in extreme cold weather as a life-saving measure when the temperature reaches -5°C or below (or it feels like -5°C or below). Last year, up to 100 people accessed the City's Warming Centres on any open night.

Those looking for shelter space can call 2-1-1 to check availability or find a full list of shelters online. Community centres and other public buildings are also available during their open hours as spaces to warm up.