RICHMOND – The B.C. government is funding 22 extreme weather shelter spaces in Richmond 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 as Richmond issues extreme weather alerts. They will be located at:

  • Richmond House, 3111 Shell Road (6 spaces)
  • St. Albans Inn from the Cold, 7260 St. Alban’s Road (16 spaces)

“Everyone deserves a safe, warm place to stay for the night—especially in winter conditions,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “These spaces will offer comfort and protection to those who need it.”

“Our government works with communities and volunteers to ensure these extra spaces are available,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “A big thank-you to those at Richmond House and St. Albans Inn from the Cold, who go above and beyond to help those in need of shelter.”

“These spaces provide an extra layer of support to those who need it most,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “With winter around the corner, it’s important that we protect people from the harsh elements and bring them in from the cold.”

Each community decides what types of 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.