With colder weather already hitting parts of the province, the Government of B.C. is opening additional shelter spaces to ensure people experiencing homelessness have access to a safe and warm place to stay.
In partnership with municipalities and non-profits in approximately 65 communities around B.C., the Province is providing more than 1,400 temporary shelter spaces and over 750 extreme weather response shelter spaces.
All temporary shelter spaces will be open overnight and every night, with many open 24/7, as well as providing meals. Many temporary shelter spaces have already opened for the season and more will continue to open starting Nov. 1, 2018.
The additional extreme weather response spaces will be available from Nov. 1, 2018, until March 31, 2019, and will open when a community issues an extreme weather alert. Communities decide what weather conditions warrant an alert and how many spaces to activate on a given night, depending on the capacity of existing shelters and the estimated need.
The temporary and extreme weather response shelter spaces supplement the almost 2,000 permanent, year-round shelter spaces available throughout British Columbia. More temporary shelters and extreme weather shelters may be added throughout the season when needed and where appropriate.
The Government of B.C. also funds outreach teams that work throughout the province at shelters and on the street to help connect people experiencing homelessness with housing and support services, such as income assistance and mental-health services.
A complete list of shelters by community on Vancouver Island is included in the backgrounders below.
Did you know?
- Through the Building BC Rapid Response to Homelessness program, the Province is investing $291 million to build 2,000 homes throughout B.C., and more than $170 million over three years for 24/7 staffing and support services. More than 2,000 of these homes have been announced in 22 B.C. communities.
- The Province is also investing $1.2 billion over 10 years in the Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund, which will create 2,500 units of supportive housing for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
- The opening of temporary and extreme weather shelters build on the work government is doing to reduce poverty in British Columbia. In October 2018, the B.C. government introduced the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act. Informed by thousands of people who participated in a comprehensive public consultation, the act sets out targets and defines the scope of the poverty reduction strategy, which will be released in early 2019.
Temporary shelter locations on Vancouver Island
- 595 Townsite Rd. – 30 spaces
- 1240 Yates St. – 45 spaces
- 1450 Elford St. – 30 spaces (youth 15 to 25 years only)
- 2915 Douglas St. – 50 spaces
- 932 Balmoral Rd. – 55 spaces
- 231 Regina Ave. – 25 spaces
- 755 Pandora Ave. – 40 spaces
Extreme weather response shelters on Vancouver Island
- 690 Evergreen Rd. – 6 spaces
- 632 Pidcock Ave. – 20 spaces
- 2579 Lewis St. – 15 spaces
- 631 1st Ave. – 10 spaces
- 3978 8th Ave. – 15 spaces
- 919 Pandora Ave. – 15 spaces
- 919 Pandora Ave. – 30 spaces
- 525 Johnson St. – 30 spaces
To see the full list of shelters throughout BC, read the original media release here.