The City of Vancouver and the B.C. government are teaming up to fund 60 new temporary beds for Vancouver’s homeless.
They are splitting the $250,000 cost.
Councillor Kerry Jang said the homeless population has changed considerably over the last year.
“There’s a new generation of homeless coming here. These are folks from all over the province coming in to the major urban areas and they’re younger.”
He says the temporary beds are a way of reaching the most vulnerable.
“What’s really key for us is to have a first point of contact. You just can’t have an outreach worker going out to someone of the street, that’s just not enough time to get to know the person.”
The beds will be opening by early January and operating until the end of March, bringing Vancouver to a new total of 230 overnight shelter spaces for the winter.
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With more than 1,700 homeless in Vancouver according to the last homeless count, the city’s shelters are stretched.
Earlier this month, the city admitted its temproary shelters were turning people away because of a lack of beds.
The city’s newest shelter on East 1st ave, near Commercial Drive had turned away 50 people in a single week.
Officials are hoping the new beds will help ease demand.
The temporary beds will be divided among United Gospel Mission, Portland Hotel Society, and Directions.