Extreme weather response shelters to open earlier this year

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VICTORIA, B.C. – With stormy weather coming earlier this year, extreme weather response shelters will be receiving funding from the government earlier as a result.

The extreme weather response season usually starts on November 1st and finishes on March 31st. 30 shelters around BC and the Lower Mainland were able to begin operations on Wednesday night.

These additional spaces will increase capacity so that people who are homeless can have access to a safe and warm place to sleep during the rainy and snow days that are already beginning.

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Last winter, more than 1,700 additional shelter spaces in 80 communities were made available during extreme weather conditions. These spaces are in addition to more than 1,900 permanent, year-round shelter beds throughout BC. Most permanent shelters are open 24/7 and provide 3 meals a day.

The province will be updating the shelter map daily. To view shelters that are open, click here.

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