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Extra shelter spaces open due to cold weather alert

December 16 2015

A view of Cambie Bridge and downtown on a snowy day

An extreme weather alert (EWA) for Vancouver has issued for December 16 due to overnight temperatures at or below -2 C.

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 also being made available at the following locations:

Site Dec. 16 Number of mats

St. Mark’s Extreme Weather Shelter

  • 1805 Larch St
  • Opens at 9:30pm, intake closes at 11:00pm
  • Hot meal on intake
  • Carts stored
  • Dogs accepted



Union Gospel Mission

  • 601 East Hastings
  • 9:00pm to 6:00am
  • Spaces for men will be made available if the regular 72 shelter beds become full
  • Can arrive at 5.30pm for meal
  • Breakfast first come, first served



The Gathering Place

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



First Baptist Church

  • 969 Burrard St
  • 9:00pm to 7:00am (for alerts called Monday through Thursday)
  • Will accommodate couples when able 



Catholic Charities

  • 828 Cambie St
  • 4:00pm to 8:00am
  • Men only
  • Food, showers, and laundry


20 men

Directions Youth Services Centre

  • 1138 Burrard St at Hornby St
  • 10:00pm to 7:00am
  • Youth only (24 years of age and under)
  • Mats provided after midnight
  • Pets accepted (up to a maximum of 4 animals)


15 youth

The Salvation Army Harbour Light

  • 119 East Cordova St
  • Coffee and a snack in the morning
  • Opens only if there is sufficient overflow from Harbour Light's year-round site

Back up site


The Salvation Army Belkin House

  • 555 Homer St
  • Opens after other shelters full, after 11:00pm
  • Breakfast at 7:30am

Back up site

13 men

7 women

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