22 December 2017

City opens an additional warming centre in Kitsilano

City of Vancouver
Information Bulletin
December 22, 2017
In response to continued cold weather and as part of the City of Vancouver’s Warming Centre Program, an additional warming centre will open tonight in Kitsilano. Warming centres are activated as a life-saving response for people living on the street during the city’s coldest months.
Warming centres are currently open at the following locations:
·         Kitsilano Community Centre - 2690 Larch St (Hours: 11 pm to 7 am)
·         Britannia Community Centre – 1739 Venables Street (Hours: 9pm to 8:30am)
·         Carnegie Community Centre – 401 Main Street (Hours: 11:15pm to 7am)
·         West End Community Centre – 870 Denman Street (Hours: 11pm to 7am)
Warming centres are activated when the temperature reaches -5°C or below (or feels like -5°C or below). All warming centres welcome men, women, pets, bikes, and carts. Hot beverages and snacks are available and no reservation is required.
In addition to warming centres, the City, in partnership with BC Housing, opened almost double the number of temporary shelter beds in the city this year as a response to winter weather. On November 1, the first of 301 temporary shelters beds were activated. The final two temporary shelters were opened as of December 15; all other shelters are operating at full capacity. Find a full list of temporary shelters here.
Those looking for shelter space can call 2-1-1 to check availability. Community centres and other public buildings are also available during their open hours as spaces to warm up.
Media contact:
City of Vancouver Corporate Communications

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