WHITE ROCK – The B.C. Government will fund 15 extreme weather spaces in White Rock this winter to increase emergency shelter space when weather conditions threaten the safety and health of individuals. These temporary spaces will be available from the beginning of November until the end of March, whenever the community issues an extreme weather alert.
“A warm place to spend the night is a basic need that each person should be able to have, said Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg. “It’s vital that safe, secure shelter is available in the community this winter for people who have no other housing options during the coldest time of the year.”
The shelter will be located at Options Community Services Society (First United Church), 15385 Semiahmoo Ave.
Extreme weather shelters supplement the more than 1,800 permanent, year-round shelter beds available in B.C., more than double the number of beds that were available in 2001. The B.C. government also funds outreach teams to help connect people with a range of community services in more than 60 communities. Province-wide, homeless outreach teams helped more than 6,700 individuals access stable housing last year.
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· For more information on provincial affordable housing programs and efforts to end homelessness in British Columbia, please visit: www.housingmattersbc.ca/factsheets.html and www.bchousing.org