The B.C. government and the City of Vancouver are opening additional winter emergency shelter spaces and adding more long-term housing supports for people who are homeless.
Two temporary winter shelters, operated by Rain City Housing, will offer 75 additional spaces for the homeless between early December and April 30, 2014. The Province will provide funding to operate the shelters and outreach services; the City of Vancouver will provide the buildings at 862 Richards St. & 21 E. 5th Avenue and lead community awareness for the sites.
“Our winter response shelters are a proven program to help our most vulnerable citizen’s transition into stable, permanent housing,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “By providing two daily meals, a warm place to sleep and connecting residents with outreach workers, these shelters have a positive impact in changing people’s lives. Our partnership with the Province continues to deliver results as we work towards ensuring no one has to be homeless in Vancouver.”