New location for Parksville’s extreme weather homeless shelter

To find out if the shelter is open, call 250-954-3082

The Salvation Army will continue to operate the extreme weather shelter for the Oceanside region, but the location was changed Dec. 8 from The Salvation Army Church at 187 Alberni Highway to 249 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville (the old Ambulance Station next to the SOS).

It will remain at this location until the end of December. To find out if the shelter is open, call 250-954-3082.

The shelter will continue to be open from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. on nights of inclement or extreme weather only. Clients will be provided with cots, blankets, pillows, along with an evening meal and breakfast.

When activated, the extreme weather shelter will be funded by B.C. Housing, the Regional District of Nanaimo Homelessness Action Fund, The Salvation Army, and the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness. Funding for the shelter is available from November 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016.

In the winter of 2014/15, the shelter was open a total of 37 nights due to snow and cold temperatures.

The protocol for the Oceanside region extreme weather shelter is standard for extreme weather shelters on the Island, according to the task force. Implementation of the extreme weather response plan is called when weather conditions are deemed severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of homeless persons. Extreme weather conditions are defined as:

• Temperatures near zero with rainfall that makes it difficult or impossible for homeless people to remain dry.

• Sleet/freezing rain.

• Snow accumulation.

• Sustained high winds.

• Temperatures at or below minus-2 Celsius, taking into account wind chill.

Since Nov. 1, the shelter has been open 23 nights, including last night, Monday, Dec. 14. A decision on the shelter opening tonight will be made this morning. There have been 52 “attendances” this year, 50 males and two females. That is not a number of individual people who have been in the shelter — that number includes repeats. On average, one-three people stay in the shelter, with five being the maximum experienced in one night. The shelter has room for eight people.

— NEWS Staff/SOS

Just Posted

Stolen carousel horse found in ditch, returned to Parksville resort owner

Christmas decoration was stolen from Sunrise Ridge Resort on Nov. 28

SOS: Coming together to make Christmas brighter

Group hopes to reach monetary goal of $110,000

Parksville thieves make off with machetes inside stolen cube van

Crime report: Vandals in Qualicum Beach spread feces all over business bathroom

Crook makes off with cigarettes from Quality Foods in Nanoose Bay

Suspect broke into grocery store early Saturday morning

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

Bear cubs try to take Vancouver Island woman’s Christmas cookies

Incident happened in the early-morning hours today, Dec. 18, in Nanaimo

FortisBC says you can return to normal gas use following pipeline fire

Utility says increased pipeline capacity, warmer weather have allowed supply to reach normal levels

CSIS collected info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: watchdog

Security Intelligence Review Committee says fears unjustified after reviewing evidence, testimony

Canada ranks 16th on annual gender gap list

This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the World Economic Forum’s list

VIDEO: Tornado rips through city west of Seattle

Reports indicate five to seven homes damaged in Port Orchard, Wash.

Trial date postponed for man charged with killing Abbotsford police officer

Oscar Arfmann’s trial pushed back from January to May 2019

Privacy watchdog says legal cannabis buyers should use cash, not credit

Some countries could bar entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis

Most Read