Extreme weather spaces and temporary shelters opening throughout province


October 30, 2020

VICTORIA – People in need of a warm, safe place to go during the months ahead will have access to additional emergency shelter spaces through BC Housing’s temporary and extreme weather response shelter programs.

This season, BC Housing will be opening approximately 1,500 temporary shelter spaces and over 290 extreme weather response shelter spaces. These emergency shelters supplement the more than 2,250 permanent, year-round emergency shelter spaces. Over the coming months, BC Housing will continue to work with municipalities and communities to open even more shelter spaces, where there is an identified need in the community.

Temporary shelters will be open every night for the season. Many will be open 24/7 and offer meals. Some temporary shelters have already opened, with more to come later this season.

Extreme weather response shelters will be available from Nov. 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021. Individual communities establish a plan of the weather conditions that warrant an extreme weather alert and determine the number of spaces to activate on a given night, depending on the capacity of existing shelters and the estimated need.

In response to COVID-19, BC Housing worked with its partners to keep 185 temporary winter shelter spaces open throughout the summer months to ensure that people who were vulnerable to the virus had the ability to safely self-isolate and access hygiene facilities. These shelter spaces will remain open throughout the winter months.

These emergency shelter programs are made possible through partnerships with communities and non-profits throughout B.C. to provide temporary but immediate places to stay for anyone who is experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

A current list of temporary and extreme weather response shelters by community is included in the Backgrounder section.

Learn More:

To learn more about the emergency shelter program, visit: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/homelessness-services/emergency-shelter-program

To see a map of permanent and temporary shelters in B.C., visit: https://smap.bchousing.org/


A backgrounder follows.

Contacts:

BC Housing
media@bchousing.org

 

BACKGROUNDER

List of temporary and seasonal shelters in B.C.

 

The below lists are not a final tally of shelters that will open this season. BC Housing continues to work with communities to find suitable and appropriate locations to open more extreme weather response and temporary shelters this winter.

Temporary emergency shelter locations:

100 Mile House

  • 555B South Cedar − 10 spaces

Abbotsford

  • 1661 McCallum Road − 15 spaces
  • 2616 Ware Street – 12 spaces (youth only)
  • 1640 Riverside Road – 40 spaces
  • 1670 Riverside Road – four spaces
  • 33264 Old Yale Road – five spaces

Burnaby

  • 2294 Douglas Road - 40 spaces

Campbell River

  • 1221 Cedar St - 20 spaces

Castlegar

  • 1007 2nd Street- 12 spaces

Chilliwack

  • 45845 Wellington Ave − 12 spaces (youth only)
  • 46130 Margaret Ave − 26 spaces
  • 46293 Yale Road − 48 spaces

Coquitlam

  • 3030 Gordon – 10 spaces

Courtenay

  • 632 Pidcock Ave – 12 spaces

Fort St. James

  •  #375 Stuart Drive East – 12 spaces

Fort St. John

  • 9824 99 Ave − 26 spaces

Kamloops

  • 181 Victoria St W − 20 spaces
  • 185 Royal Avenue − 25 spaces (open until December 31)

Kelowna

  • 550 Doyle Ave – 40 spaces (Opening December 1)
  • 1265 Ellis Street – 40 spaces (Opening November 2)

Kitimat

  • 480 City Centre – four spaces

Langley

  • 5787 Langley Bypass − 30 spaces

Maple Ridge

  • 22188 Lougheed Highway - 30 spaces
  • 22239 Lougheed Highway − 25 spaces

Merritt

  • 2038 Nicola Avenue − four spaces (additional spaces to be confirmed)

Mission

  • 7368 Proctor Avenue – six spaces (youth only)

Nanaimo

  • 595 Townsite Rd − 30 spaces

Penticton

  • 352 Winnipeg Street – 42 spaces

Port Alberni

  • 3939 8th Avenue − 15 spaces
  • 3978 8th Avenue − 12 spaces

Port Hardy

  • 8635 Granville Street − 10 spaces

Prince George

  • 144 George St – 10 spaces
  • 590 Dominion Street – 15 spaces
  • 140 Quebec St − 15 spaces

Prince Rupert

  • 1080 3rd Ave W − 35 spaces

Quesnel

  • 146 Carson Ave − 10 spaces

Salmon Arm

  • 551 Trans Canada Highway − 21 spaces

Salt Spring Island

  • 268 Fulford-Ganges Road - 30 spaces

Sechelt

  • 5653 Wharf Avenue − 20 spaces

Sooke

  • 2197 Otto Point Road − 17 spaces

Surrey

  • 10776 King George Blvd. − 50 spaces
  • 10607 King George Blvd. − 42 spaces
  • 10677 Whalley Boulevard − 40 spaces
  • 14716 104 Avenue − 40 spaces
  • 10667 135A Street − 40 spaces
  • 14716 104 Avenue – six spaces

Terrace

  • 4444 Lakelse Ave – 20 spaces
  • 2812 Hall Street − three spaces

Trail

  • 1458 Bay Avenue − six spaces

Vancouver

  • 828 Cambie St. - 20 spaces (Men only)
  • 134 East Cordova Street – 40 spaces
  • 119 E Cordova St.- 30 spaces
  • 1060 Howe Street − 40 spaces
  • 342 Alexander Street – 21 spaces (women and those who self-identify as female only)
  • 1401 Hornby Street − 40 spaces
  • 1648 East 1st Avenue – 40 spaces
  • 1138 Burrard Street – 12 spaces (youth only)
  • 131 Dunlevy Avenue – 16 spaces (women and those who consider self-identify as female only)
  • 340 Alexander St – 23 spaces

Victoria

  • 2915 Douglas Street − 50 spaces
  • 1450 Elford St – 25 spaces
  • 932 Balmoral Road – 60 spaces
  • 1240 Yates Street − 48 spaces


Extreme weather response shelter locations:

NOTE: Sites in Italics and red may change to operate as a temporary shelter rather than EWR

Burnaby

  • 7540 6th St. – 10 spaces
  • 7135 Walker Avenue − 10 spaces

NOTE:  Both sites are not automatically activated when an alert is issued for Burnaby.

Campbell River

  • 690 Evergreen Road – 10 spaces

Delta

  • 4960 48 Avenue − six spaces

Lillooet

  • 76 5th Avenue − 13 spaces

Maple Ridge

  • 22188 Lougheed Hwy − 15 spaces

Mission

  • 32646 Logan Ave − 10 spaces

North Vancouver

  • 225 East 2nd St (primary) 12 spaces
  • 705 West 2nd St (secondary) – 10 spaces

Surrey

  • 5337 180 St − 15 spaces
  • 9165 160 Street − 15 spaces
  • 10635 King George Blvd.− six spaces
  • 10453 Whalley Blvd.− six spaces (youth only)
  • 15128 27B Avenue − 14 spaces\

Terrace

  • 101 - 2812 Hall Street – 40 spaces

Vancouver

  • 1138 Burrard Street – seven spaces (youth only)
  • 320 Alexander St − 55 spaces
  • 11 10th Avenue West - 10 spaces
  • 261 East Hastings − 10 spaces

Victoria

  • 535 Ellice Street − 20 spaces
     

Contacts:

BC Housing
media@bchousing.org