With the cold winter weather now officially here, the province is ponying up $1.6 million to fund extreme weather response shelter spaces in BC.
In total, there are almost 1,000 extreme weather shelter beds ready to be activated “if conditions threaten the health and safety of homeless individuals,” a government release said.
These spaces supplement the almost 2,000 permanent, year-round shelter spaces available in BC Most permanent shelter beds are available 24/7 and provide three meals a day.
- Vancouver's winter shelters get $1.7 million from City and province
- Vancouver's homeless service providers are stretched to their limits
The additional spaces will be available until March 31 2017, for any time a community issues an extreme weather alert.
However, it remains up to individual communities to decide what weather conditions warrant an alert and how many spaces to activate on a given night.
The province has also provided a map of extreme wether response and permanent shelters available across BC.