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Metro Vancouver is currently under a winter storm warning and a rainfall warning. The City has responded by opening emergency warming sites and extra shelter spaces for rough sleepers to stay overnight.
Please share: Additional shelter spaces and warming centres are available tonight through Monday, December 26, due to an Extreme Weather Alert.— City of Vancouver (@CityofVancouver) December 23, 2022
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Based on information from the City of Vancouver, here is a map of where warming sites will be open between December 23 and 26.
Dark blue pins are wheelchair accessible locations, while orange pins are not accessible.
Warming centres are mostly clustered downtown. There are none west of Granville Street, and only three south of Broadway.
In total, there are 244 spaces, plus one site with a "flexible" number of mats. Last week, provincial Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon said that there were about 475 people sleeping rough in Vancouver.
After December 23, the number of additional spaces drops to 189. December 26 will have 84 extra shelter spaces open, but no emergency warming centres.
The Toronto Star reports that shelters across Vancouver are full.
Sleeping outside in the cold and wet comes with severe health risks such as hypothermia or trench foot, while burning candles or fuel in an attempt to stay warm could lead to out-of-control fires.
UPDATE: This story was updated on December 23 to provide the most recent information on open shelters up till December 26, as provided by the City of Vancouver.