The B.C. government is providing $40,000 to allow the emergency weather response shelter at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt to remain open seven days a week.
This is in addition to the provincial funding the shelter already receives to open on nights when the weather threatens the health of people on the street. The shelter had been experiencing a funding shortfall from other sources, and this new funding will ensure the same level of shelter service as in previous winters.
“Shelter for those who are homeless is a priority for our government, and this funding will ensure people in need have access to a safe, warm place to stay this winter,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing. “We will continue to engage with the community over the coming months to explore long-term shelter and housing options for homeless individuals on the Sunshine Coast.”
With the additional funding, the shelter opened its doors this past Saturday night, approximately two weeks ahead of schedule. The shelter is currently being staffed by Portland Hotel Society Community Services until local staffing is in place.
The shelter is open every night from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., and will remain open until March 31, 2016.