Beds in a temporary shelter

Shelters and winter response strategy

Finding a shelter bed in Greater Vancouver


Shelters save lives by connecting people experiencing homelessness 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 -4°C or it feels like -5°C. We activate cooling centres when the temperature rises above a certain point. 

Shelter types

Questions about shelter services

For questions pertaining to shelters, warming centres, or extreme weather responses, contact or call 604-673-8443

Donating to shelters

Get in touch with the appropriate shelter provider: