City warming centers and shelter information for extreme weather conditions

In response to Environment Canada’s alert this morning (December 27) regarding an Arctic exit event that is expected to bring extremely cold weather to Metro Vancouver through Wednesday (December 29), we are releasing information on the City of Vancouver Warming Center from a December 23 bulletin.

Note: This information is up to date until today / tonight. Further information from the city will be released as received.

The partial bulletin, minus street snow removal details but with original links for more information, begins immediately below, exactly as received.

In response to the extremely cold weather forecast from December 24, the city of Vancouver is opening warming centers to provide additional capacity for people to come indoors between December 24 and 27, 2021. Warming centers are activated in addition to emergency shelters in case of extreme weather conditions. as an additional vital response for people sleeping outdoors when the temperature reaches -5 ° C or lower (or looks like -5 ° C or lower). They are in addition to other initiatives by the city and the province to ensure that homeless people in Vancouver have a place to warm up during the winter months.

Warming centers

Warming centers are activated when the temperature drops to -5 ° C or below (or looks like -5 ° C or below). The City encourages anyone who sleeps outside to visit one of these centers, which are open to everyone, including people with pets and carts. The centers will provide hot drinks and snacks. Up to 101 Warming Center spaces have been created to bring people inside:

  • Powell Street Getaway (528 Powell St.): Open daily 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Odd Fellows Lodge (1443 W 8e Ave.): Open every day from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Britannia Community Center (Gym D) (1661 Napier Street): Open Dec. 24. 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Dec. 25 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Dec. 26 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
  • West Community Center (870 Denman St.): Open December 24 to 25, 11 p.m. to 9 a.m., daily.

Measures are in place in all Warming Center locations to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Face masks are required for anyone accessing the warm-up centers and will be provided free of charge if required. The proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is not required to access the Heating Centers.

Health or social services provided to those in need, such as warm-up centers, are exempt from the Ordinance on Gatherings and Events of Provincial Health Workers and are not subject to event limitations. or capacity as announced on December 21, 2021.

Severe Weather Shelters (EWR)

EWR shelters are funded by BC Housing and are activated when an extreme weather alert is issued for Vancouver ( / shelters.aspx), when there is sleet or freezing rain, snow accumulation and / or temperatures of 0 ° C or below, or “looks like” 0 ° C with a wind chill. Up to 109 spaces have been created at the following locations to bring people inside:

  • Directorates Youth Service Center (1138, rue Burrard): Open from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Tenth church (11 10th Avenue West at Ontario Street): Open from 9:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Cascades Church (3833 Boundary Road, west side of Boundary): Open 9:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Evelyne Saller Center (320 Alexander St.): Open from 11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. (Last admission at 1:00 a.m.)
  • Langara YMCA (282 W 49th Ave., south side of 49th): Open 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Bud Osborn EWR (27 West Hastings St.): Open 7:30 to 7:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Alerts for these EWR and Warming Center spaces are being issued to partner agencies, community center staff, outreach program staff, and a variety of homeless serving agencies. Details are posted on our website and social media and are also available here. Please check daily for updates on locations and openings.

In addition to the extreme weather reception areas above, permanent and temporary shelters are also in use. Those looking for a shelter can call 2-1-1 to check availability or find a full list of shelters online.

The City thanks the community organizations that make their facilities available as warming centers and EWR shelters on these coldest nights of the year.

Additional warm spaces

As a reminder, community centers, public libraries and other public buildings are also available during their opening hours as spaces for people to come in to warm up:

City of Vancouver Community Centers:

  • The Gathering Place (609 Helmcken St.): Open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Carnegie Community Center (401 Main Street): Open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Center Evelyne Saller (320, rue Alexander): open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Park Council Community Centers:

Vancouver Public Library:

  • Central Library Branch Atrium and Washroom (350 W Georgia St.): Open December 24, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., December 25 to 26, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
  • Library branches:

Please check the City of Vancouver’s social media accounts for warming center spaces open beyond December 27, 2021. The city is closely monitoring the changing weather forecast and will take additional action as needed.

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