PRINCE GEORGE – The B.C. government is funding 30 extreme weather shelter spaces in Prince George this winter to help people whose health and safety may be threatened by cold weather.

The temporary spaces are located at:

  • Bridget Moran Shelter, 590 Dominion St. – 10 spaces
  • AWAC Women’s Shelter, 144 George St. – 10 spaces
  • Ketso Yoh Men’s Shelter, 160 Quebec St. – 10 spaces

The temporary spaces are available until March 31, as Prince George issues extreme weather alerts.

“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.”

“We want to ensure safe, secure shelter is available in Prince George this winter for people who may need assistance, particularly during the coldest time of the year,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Thank you to the Bridget Moran Shelter, AWAC Women’s Shelter and Ketso Yoh Men’s Shelter for providing valuable services to those in greatest need in our community, and we are grateful for their partnership on this important initiative.”

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.

To receive notifications on when communities are issuing Extreme Weather Alerts, follow BC Housing on Twitter: @BC_Housing.