The seven day forecast is calling for cold temperatures in Metro Vancouver next week, with lows dipping below the freezing mark.
Union Gospel Mission spokesperson Jeremy Hunka says it’s the time where they hold their collective breath.
“For you and me this might just be a matter of being uncomfortable, but if you’re struggling on the street and you don’t have anywhere to go, these temperatures can be pretty dangerous.”
The UGM has 72 beds available and often reach capacity, but Hunka says they will provide an additional 20 to 25 spaces if a weather alert is issued.
“It’s pretty likely over the coming week we’re going to need to open some of our extra emergency shelter spaces and we’ll pack people in as much as we can. If we need to put people on mattresses, we will do that… Because it’s just not safe to be outside.”
“So far this month, we’ve only had one night where we haven’t been totally full up.”
Metro Vancouver’s 2014 homeless count found just under six thousand people have nowhere to call home.
The UGM is still looking for donations of jackets, socks, and boots for the homeless.