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Shelters and winter response strategy

Shelters save lives by connecting homeless residents with necessary health, social, and housing services.

We're committed to ensuring all residents have a safe place to come inside, particularly during the cold winter months and other extreme weather.

There are various types of shelters in Vancouver – from permanent, purpose-built shelters, to temporary shelters, to spaces opened only during extreme weather.

We activate warming centres when the temperature drops below a certain point.

Shelter types

Dawn Bergman's legacy

On 19 December 2008 Dawn Bergman, aka Tracy, died when a candle ignited her shopping cart. She was homeless and had turned down police offers of help because she was worried she would lose the cart that carried all her belongings. At the time, most shelters did not allow people to store their belongings.

A 2009 Coroner's Report identified the need for locations where people living on the streets could secure their buggies and carts.

Temporary shelters address this need, and serve people near the places where they reside.

We welcome feedback

The City, Province, and shelter operators will continue to respond to any issues that arise. Any concerns that are raised will be addressed as quickly and fully as possible.

Contact the City or the shelters directly to provide feedback.

homelessness@vancouver.ca
604-673-8443

Donating to shelters

Email homelessness@vancouver.ca to be put in touch with the appropriate shelter provider.