Homeless Services Association of B.C. announced on January 6 that due to temperatures at or below zero degrees Celsius continuing through January 7, extra shelter spaces are being opened.
The additional shelters are available tonight (January 7) at the following locations.
The Evelyne Saller Centre (320 Alexander Street) is open from 11 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday through Friday and from 10 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends. Snacks are provided before sleep and breakfast (coffee, muffins, fruit cups, and yogurt) is offered in the morning. Up to 40 mats will be available but pets are not allowed.
First Baptist Church (969 Burrard Street) will be open between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. during alerts from Monday through Thursday with 25 mats available. (Couples will be accommodated according to capacity.) The church space was not open on January 6 but has been opened for tonight.
Directions Youth Services Centre (1138 Burrard Street) will provide overnight accommodation for up to 15 youth (who are 24 years old or younger) and is open from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Mats will be provided after midnight and pets are accepted up to a maximum of four animals.
The Salvation Army Belkin House (555 Homer Street) is a backup site that will open after other shelters become full after 11 p.m. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. This location will accommodate up to 15 men and five women.
Several warming centres will also open tonight due to temperatures that feel like or are at below five degrees Celsius. These drop-in sites accept everyone (no reservations are requires), including pets, bikes, and carts, and hot beverages and snacks will be available.
The sites are at:
• Britannia Community Centre (1739 Venables Street), from 9 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.;
• Powell Street Gateway (528 Powell Street), from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.;
• West End Community Centre (870 Denman Street), from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
For more information or availability details, call the Shelter and Street Help Line at 211.