Parksville’s homeless population will receive extra assistance with temporary indoor shelter this winter. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville’s homeless population will receive extra assistance with temporary indoor shelter this winter. (PQB News file photo)

BC Housing partners with OHEARTS to provide 25 temporary shelter spaces in Parksville

Facility will be open through March 31, 2022

The City of Parksville now has 25 temporary shelter spaces available for vulnerable people in the community during the winter months until March 31, 2022.

BC Housing is partnering with the Oceanside Homelessness Ecumenical Advocacy Response Team Society (OHEARTS) to open Ocean Place and provide a temporary shelter.

OHEARTS will operate the shelter, which will have staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individuals staying at the site will have access to daily meals, laundry, shower and hygiene facilities, and support accessing health and wellness services.

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The shelter will provide indoor shelter for people experiencing homelessness and those with COVID-19 symptoms who may need to self-isolate.

A total of 13 people moved into the shelter in early October and there is still space available. The exact location will not be disclosed publicly to protect the privacy of the people who will access these spaces. However, people in need of housing are encouraged to contact OHEARTS, who will be co-ordinating access to the spaces.

People in need of shelter can call or text the OHEARTS intake line at 250-228-6904. They can also visit the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen and ask to speak to an OHEARTS outreach worker, who can connect people with housing.

— NEWS Staff

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