With the cold weather moving in, the B.C. government is providing $1.6-million-dollars in funding for nearly a thousand extreme winter shelter beds.
The spaces will be available in nearly 75 communities from now until the end of March.
They’ll open when a community decides what weather conditions warrant an alert and how many spaces to activate depending on the capacity and the estimated need.
You can see a map of B.C. Extreme Weather Response shelters here.
These spaces supplement almost 2,000 year-round shelter beds.
In addition to the spaces, the province also funds outreach teams that work at winter shelters and on the street.