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Cold Weather Prompts 205 Extra Shelter Spaces In Vancouver

Winter has arrived. Arctic wind chills and sub-zero temperatures led to an extreme weather alert (EWA) to be issued for Vancouver all this week (Nov 24-29). Overnight temperatures can reach as low as -2 C which means really, really cold air.

To the average person the alert and weather conditions just mean a cup of Tim’s, wearing extra layers and blasting the home heaters. But the EWA, until cancelled, also activates authorities to assist people at risk because of the conditions. This means those that are homeless and living on the streets.

Shelter services also ramp up as extra spaces and services are provided during extreme weather. Until November 29, the City of Vancouver has made extra space available at the following locations:

St. Mark’s Extreme Weather Shelter (1805 Larch St)

  • Opens at 9:30pm, intake closes at 11:00pm
  • 25 mats
  • Hot meal on intake
  • Carts stored

Union Gospel Mission (601 East Hastings)

  • 9:00pm to 6:00am
  • 20 mats
  • Spaces for men will be made available if the regular 72 shelter beds become full

First Baptist Church (969 Burrard St)

  • 9:00pm to 7:00am (for alerts called Monday through Thursday)
  • 25 mats
  • Will accommodate couples when able

The Gathering Place (609 Helmcken St)

  • 12:00am (midnight) to 7:00am for alerts called on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
  • 40 mats
  • Food and beverages are provided in the evening and in the morning.
  • Will accommodate couples as able

Catholic Charities (828 Cambie St)

  • 4:00pm to 8:00am
  • 20 mats for men only
  • Food, showers, and laundry

Directions Youth Services Centre (1138 Burrard St at Hornby St)

  • 10:00pm to 7:00am
  • 15 mats for youth only (ages 24 and less)
  • Mats provided after midnight
  • Pets accepted (up to 4 maximum)

The Salvation Army Harbour Light (119 East Cordova St)

  • 40 mats
  • Coffee and a snack in the morning
  • Opens only if there is sufficient overflow from Harbour Light’s year-round site

The Salvation Army Belkin House (555 Homer St)

  • 13 mats for men, 7 for women
  • Opens after other shelters full, after 11:00pm
  • Breakfast at 7:30am


For further information, please visit the City of Vancouver online.



Written by: Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch
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