Shelters expand space

There are 20 emergency spaces at the Gateway Shelter, 2800 33 St.

More than 1,200 additional emergency shelter spaces have been identified in 70 communities, including Vernon, to help those in need  of temporary shelter during extreme winter weather conditions.

Locally, there are 20 emergency spaces at the Gateway Shelter, 2800 33 St.

“Our government provides the funding and the community makes sure  there is a warm, safe place to stay, for anyone who needs it,” said Rich Coleman, housing minister.

The B.C. government will provide up to $1.3 million for the temporary shelter spaces that are available from Nov. 1, 2012 to March 31,  2013, when a weather alert is activated.

Each community decides when  to issue an extreme weather alert based on current conditions and forecasts and how many spaces should be made available on a given  night.

 

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