Cold weather in the forecast renews concerns for Metro Vancouver’s homeless

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

With temperatures dipping again, 17 emergency shelters are opening their doors in Metro Vancouver and they’re offering 384 mats.

Another 220 spaces are on standby.

Extreme Weather Response Coordinator James Pratt says Surrey has the greatest need.

“Well, partly because we didn’t get all winter-long shelter opens this year, as we did have in Surrey last year, so that was around 40 spaces.”

Some sites  in existing shelters are able to add mats on a temporary basis, and others are at places of worship or community centres.

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