SURREY – The B.C. government is funding 100 extreme weather shelter spaces in Surrey this winter to help people whose health and safety may be threatened by cold, wet weather.

The temporary spaces will be available from now until March 31, 2016 when Surrey declares extreme weather alerts.

  • 15 spaces – Cloverdale Community Kitchen, 5337 180 St.
  • 15 spaces – Hyland House Newton, 6595 King George Blvd.
  • 20 spaces – Legacy Church EWR, 9012 160 St.
  • 10 spaces – Positive Haven EWR Shelter, 10697 135A St.
  • 40 spaces – Surrey Urban Mission Society, 10776 King George Blvd.

“These spaces will supplement the supports and services that are available year-round,” said Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux. “Everyone needs a safe and warm place to sleep and these beds will ensure that people have shelter when they most need it.”

Each community decides what weather conditions warrant an alert and how many spaces to activate on a given night, depending on the capacity of existing shelters and the estimated need.

Throughout British Columbia, close to 1,200 temporary emergency shelter spaces will be available this winter in about 100 communities.

The provincial government also funds outreach teams to help connect people with a range of services such as housing, health care and community supports. Last year, more than 7,200 people in B.C. were connected to housing, income assistance and a range of support services by provincially funded homeless outreach and shelter workers.

A list of permanent shelter spaces is available at: www.bchousing.org/Options/Emergency_Housing/ESP.

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