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Warming centre, overnight shelter spaces open in Victoria amid freezing temperatures

Some spots will be open for the next couple of days
More resources have been made available with cold weather in Victoria this week. (Black Press Media file photo)

An extreme weather alert has opened up resources for those experiencing homelessness as cold temperatures remain in Greater Victoria.

People will be able to warm up at the James Bay United Church (511 Michigan St.) from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The daytime warming centre will also be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Well-behaved pets are allowed and snacks will be provided.

Additional overnight shelter spaces will be available this week as well. The Salvation Army Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre (525 Johnson St.) will have 30 overnight mats available from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. over the next three nights. Soup will be served from 8:30 p.m. until it runs out each night and cereal or porridge will be served each morning. Shopping carts are not permitted at the site.

Another five mats will be available at the Sooke Shelter (6750 West Coast Rd.) from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Pets and shopping carts are allowed at the shelter and food will be provided.

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Jake Romphf

About the Author: Jake Romphf

In early 2021, I made the move from the Great Lakes to Greater Victoria with the aim of experiencing more of the country I report on.
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