People in need of a warm, safe place to go during the months ahead will have access to additional emergency shelter spaces through the province’s temporary and extreme weather response shelter programs.
Extreme weather response shelters will be available from Nov. 1, 2019 until March 31, 2020. Individual communities establish a plan of the weather conditions that warrant an extreme weather alert and determine the number of spaces to activate on a given night, depending on the capacity of existing shelters and the estimated need.
In Prince George the shelters are located at: 144 George Street, (AWAC), 10 beds, women only and 30 beds, year-round, women and children; 140 Quebec Street, (Prince George Native Friendship Centre), men only; 1188 Sixth Avenue, (Active Support Against Poverty Housing Society), 30 beds, men/women/families, a drop-in centre and 15 beds, closed shelter; 140 Quebec Street (Prince George Native Friendship Centre), drop-in centre, men; 140 Quebec Street, (Prince George Native Friendship Centre), 21 beds, year-round shelter, men.
“During the colder months, it’s important that people experiencing homelessness in our province know that there is a place they can go to get warm and find supports and services that can help them stabilize their lives,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in a news release. “As we continue the work of building permanent housing, we’re proud to work in partnership with communities and non-profit housing providers to provide these shelter spaces.”