With night-time temperatures falling below -5 °C, the City of Vancouver will convert three community centres into low-barrier overnight refuges for the homeless.
From Sunday to Tuesday (February 18 to 20), Britannia, Carnegie, and the West End centres will welcome men, women, pets, bikes, and carts.
Britannia (1739 Venables Street) will be open from 9 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. on those nights.
Carnegie (401 Main Street) will be open from 11:15 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The West End Community Centre (870 Denman Street) will be open from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
They'll all have hot beverages and snacks on-site during those hours.
Unlike in previous years, there are no warming centres for the homeless this year on the West Side of Vancouver.
The City of Vancouver opened 301 temporary shelter beds this fall and winter.
Again, none are on the West Side of Vancouver, though there are plenty in the downtown core and Downtown Eastside, as well as 40 beds at 1648 East 1st Avenue.