With the weather turning, funding has been earmarked for a cold weather shelter in Gibsons.
The Town was not included in the initial round of BC Housing funding for seasonal shelters announced on Oct. 31, despite a successful pilot project last winter when a 15-bed shelter was hosted at Christ the King Church at 599 Gower Point Road.
“With the weather turning cold and the Sechelt shelter at capacity, it was really important that we pursued other options,” said Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons, who has been lobbying the housing minister for the shelter funding.
“The community said clearly that this was a need and I’m glad the minister responded.”
Town officials said late Wednesday that they’re working with BC Housing and shelter operator RainCity to have the facility open as early as Dec. 12 at the same location as last winter.