The City of Vancouver and BC Housing have partnered with local community and faith groups to ensure that 85 Extreme Weather Response shelter spaces at three locations will remain open through to the end of January.
These spaces will continue to be available to those in need regardless of whether the Extreme Weather Response program is initiated or not.
The recent cold weather has resulted in the activation of the EWR shelters to meet an increasing need to provide additional warm and safe spaces for people to access.
Over the past weekend, the City of Vancouver opened up three temporary warming centres, which can each occupy about 70 people a night.
Two are them are located on East Cordova Street while the other is on Cambie Street.
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An additional 40 spaces could be made available in early January or sooner at The Gathering Place located on Helmcken Street.
There are 956 permanent shelter beds in Vancouver, an additional 195 temporary winter shelter beds, and up to 234 beds available during extreme weather.
Those looking for shelter space can call 2-1-1 to check availability.
Over the last eight winters, the City of Vancouver and BC Housing have partnered to open temporary winter shelters so people experiencing homelessness can find the support they need.