With the homeless at risk after snowfall, Union Gospel Mission adds extra hours, meals, and beds

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      Although Environment Canada’s snowfall warning for Vancouver has ended, the 10 centimetre accumulation on city streets and accompanying wind chill has created an emergency for Vancouver’s homeless population.

      As a result, the Union Gospel Mission has announced it’s taking extra steps to help those who need protection from the cold and snow. This morning, the mission’s drop-in centre will be open additional hours, and 50 additional lunches will be prepared for lunch, which starts at 11:00am. Preparations are also under way for a potentially larger-than-usual dinner crowd.

      In an effort to help keep people warm and off the streets, the mission’s emergency shelter will be open tonight, as usual, with space for 72 men.

      Spokesman Jeremy Hunka notes that they also have” the capacity to squeeze in a few extra spaces if needed”.

      The Union Gospel Mission is located at 601 East Hastings Street. More information can be found at www.ugm.ca or by calling 604-253-3323.