PRINCE GEORGE – The B.C. government will fund 30 extreme weather shelter spaces in Prince George this winter to help those whose health and safety may be threatened by cold, wet weather.

The temporary spaces will be located at:

  • ASAP Bridget Moran Shelter, 590 Dominion Street – 10 spaces
  • AWAC Women’s Shelter, 144 George Street – 10 spaces
  • Prince George Native Friendship Society (Ketso Yoh Men’s Shelter), 160 Quebec Street – 10 spaces.

The spaces will be available from now until March 31, 2015 as communities issue extreme weather alerts for their area.

“The Weather Response Program can help protect those who are exposed to the North’s harsh weather conditions,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Thank you to the organizations who help make sure that the people in need of shelter have access to safe and warm housing. These spaces will make a tremendous difference for some of the most vulnerable people in our region.”

“With winter bringing harsher and more unpredictable weather, it’s important to have emergency shelter space where people can take refuge,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “Having extreme weather shelters available in our community can save lives.”

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 the province, the B.C. government will provide up to $1.6 million this winter to make more than 1,100 temporary emergency shelter spaces serving more than 90 communities.

The B.C. government also funds outreach teams in to help connect people with a range of services such as housing, health care and community supports. Last year, more than 6,700 people in B.C. were connected to these supports by provincially funded homeless outreach and shelter workers.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $4 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families. This year, nearly 100,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.