Up to 30 additional shelter spaces will be available in Terrace when extreme weather alerts are activated this winter, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Housing Rich Coleman announced today.
"These extra spaces are available primarily through the efforts of community groups and dedicated people who care deeply about their communities," said Coleman. "The Province provides the funding to have these spaces available when our weather is at its worst. Community volunteers ensure homeless people have a warm, safe place to stay."
Provincewide, more than 1,400 spaces have been identified in 34 communities under the Extreme Weather Response Program, with the ability to reach homeless people in 53 communities.
When an alert is issued for Terrace and the surrounding communities, space can be made available at the following location:
* Ksan House Extreme Weather Shelter: 2812a & 2812B Hall St., 30 spaces
Communities decide what conditions warrant an Extreme Weather Alert, when to activate a location and how many spaces to make available on a given night, depending on the capacity of existing shelters and the estimated need. The Province will provide community-based services with approximately $800,000 this year to fund the extreme weather spaces.
The extreme weather spaces supplement more than 1,570 permanent, year- round beds in the province funded through the Emergency Shelter Program (ESP). Terrace has 16 year-round shelter beds. The ESP has undergone a major expansion since 2001, nearly doubling the number of year-round beds and increasing annual funding to nearly $60 million - almost six times as much as in 2001.
Most permanent shelters are now open 24/7 and provide three meals a day. Outreach services connect homeless people with more permanent housing, income supports, and assistance with a range of health issues. Since April, more than 2,660 people in the province have been helped to move off the streets and into permanent housing as a result of the Homeless Outreach Program and Emergency Shelter Program.
In 2010-11, the Province will invest over $562 million to provide affordable housing and fight homelessness - more than four times as much as in 2001.
A complete list of provincially funded, permanent, year-round emergency shelters, and spaces available under the Extreme Weather Response Program is at: www.bchousing.org/programs/ESP/shelter_list