Those who are looking for a warm place to sleep tonight will have extra opportunities thanks to an extreme weather protocol that’s in effect for shelters across the city.
As of Monday morning, three more shelters will open up their emergency beds for people in need, the Salvation Army A.R.C. Chapel, Rock Bay Landing, and Our Place Society.
The three spaces combined are adding 95 beds, bringing the total number of spaces available tonight to 465.
Additionally, a transportation van will also be running between the Salvation Army A.R.C., the Arbutus Shelter, Rock Bay Landing, and Our Place between 9 p.m. to midnight. The van will help direct and transport people to shelters that will best suit their needs and assist people with mobility issues.
A full list of shelters open tonight can be found here. These shelters include:
- Rock Bay Landing – 535 Ellice Street – 250-383-1951 – 84 beds
- Sandy Merriman – 809 Burdett Ave – 250-480-1408 – 25 beds (women only)
- Salvation Army ARC – 525 Johnson St. – 250-384-3396 – 21 beds (men only)
- Out of the Rain (St John the Divine – 1611 Quadra) – 250-415-3856 – 30 Mats (youth 15-25 only)
- Cool Aid Temporary Shelter (CATS) – 755 Pandora Ave – 250-383-1951 – 40 Mats (Co-Ed)
- First Metropolitan United Church – 932 Balmoral – 60 Mats (Co-Ed)
- Arbutus Shelter (PHS) – 2915 Douglas St. – 50 Beds (Co-Ed)
- Victoria Native Friendship Centre – 231 Regina Ave – 25 Mats (Co-Ed)
- Salvation Army A.R.C. Chapel – 525 Johnson St. – 30 Mats (Co-Ed)
- Rock Bay Landing – 535 Ellice Street – 250-383-1951 – 20 Mats (Co-Ed, Pets)
- Our Place Society – 919 Pandora Ave – 30 Mats + 15 Mats (Co-Ed)
Residents across the island are settling in for a streak of chilly nights. According to Environment Canada, every evening this week in Victoria will see temperatures dip below 0°C, save for Thursday which will reach 1°C.
Tonight is expected to dip to -5°C, with a chance of flurries.