As temperatures dip below zero, B.C. Housing’s extreme weather response plan has kicked in as emergency shelters open across the Lower Mainland.
In an effort to get homeless of the freezing streets, Rebecca Bell with the Greater Vancouver Shelter strategy says at least 15 extreme weather shelters are open including more than 200 spaces.
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“Over the weekend we’ve had activations across Metro Vancouver so we have additional extreme weather response spaces available in communities from the North Shore to Langley, Surrey and Maple Ridge.”
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Jeremy Hunka with the Union Gospel Mission says the shelter was full last night.
“We had several people sleeping in the hallways, so we wanted to get as many people as we could inside.”
Hunka says it’s been a couple of years since street dwellers have seen snow like this, so they’ll likely be caught off guard.