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Extra shelter spaces open due to weather alert

October 15 2016 An extreme weather alert (EWA) for Vancouver has been issued for October 15, 2016 due to rainfall warnings and strong winds.

Province and City of Vancouver partner to provide winter shelters

This EWA activates the authorities in the Assistance to Shelter Act for police to assist persons at risk due to extreme weather conditions and remains in effect until it is cancelled, according to sec. 2(2)(b) of the Assistance to Shelter Act.

Shelter services

Extra shelter spaces are  being made available at the following locations:

Union Gospel Mission

601 East Hastings

  • 9:00pm to 6:00am
  • 20 mats
  • Spaces for men will be made available if the regular 72 shelter beds become full
Oct. 15


The Gathering Place

609 Helmcken St

  • 12:00am (midnight) to 7:00am for alerts called on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
  • 40 mats
  • Food and beverages are provided in the evening and in the morning
  • Will accommodate couples as able
Oct. 15


Catholic Charities

828 Cambie St

  • 4:00pm to 8:00am
  • 20 mats for men only
  • Food, showers, and laundry
Oct. 15


Directions Youth Services Centre

1138 Burrard St at Hornby St

  • 10:00pm to 7:00am
  • 15 mats for youth only (ages 24 and less)
  • Mats provided after midnight
  • Pets accepted to a maximum of 4 animals
Oct. 15


The Salvation Army Harbour Light

119 East Cordova St

  • 40 mats
  • Coffee and a snack in the morning
  • Opens only if there is sufficient overflow from Harbour Light's year-round site
Oct. 15

Back up site

The Salvation Army Belkin House

555 Homer St

  • 13 mats for men, 7 for women
  • Opens after other shelters full, after 11:00pm
  • Breakfast at 7:30am
Oct. 15

Back up site

More resources

Report non-emergency flooding on City streets and sidewalks

Report storm related issues

Tell us about issues related to the storm, such as flooding, fallen trees, and broken street lights and signs.

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.

One way to prevent flooding is to keep storm drains clear of leaves and debris.

How to minimize flooding

Take action, get flood prevention tips to reduce the risk of flooding in your home, and find out why floods occur.