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Cool temperatures prompt opening of temporary shelters

With lows this week set to reach -6˚C, Richmond has opened up two extreme weather temporary shelters.

Richmond, which regularly has one men’s shelter at the Salvation Army’s Richmond House Men’s Shelter, had a homeless count of 49 according to the Metro Vancouver 24 Hour Homelessness Snapshot.

According to Ted Townsend, senior manager of corporate communication for the City of Richmond, “when the temperatures get to extreme lows as we’re seeing right now, it does pose a significant health and safety risk to people that are sleeping outside”

Extreme Weather shelters are open intermittently between November 1 and March 31 as conditions dictate, generally when temperatures reach below zero, during snowfall and when freezing rain occurs.

St. Albans Inn from the Cold will provide up to 16 shelter spaces for men, women, seniors and families from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. It is located at St. Alban Anglican Church at 7260 St. Albans Road and can be reached at 604-278-2770.

The Salvation Army’s Richmond House Men’s Shelter will expand from six spaces to 16 spaces and is open to men only for 24 hours a day. It is located at 3111 Shell Road and can be reached at 604-276-2490.

Both shelters will serve dinner daily.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the extreme weather shelter program may call 604-315-5705 or email innfromthecoldrichmond@gmail.com.

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