Extreme weather beds funded in Vernon

The temporary spaces are located at John Howard Society’s Gateway House

The provincial government will fund 10 extreme weather shelter spaces in Vernon this winter to help individuals whose health and safety may be threatened by cold, wet weather.

The temporary spaces, located at John Howard Society’s Gateway House, 2800 33rd St., will be available from now until March 31 as communities issue extreme weather alerts for their area.

“We’re fast approaching the winter months, and these extreme weather shelter spaces will ensure that anyone who is in need of shelter when cold weather hits can find one,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

“These spaces will provide a warm space for our most vulnerable citizens and potentially 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.