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Winter beds available as cold weather hits Richmond’s homeless

The Emergency Shelter on Horseshoe Way has 15 winter beds
The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter on Horseshoe Way in Richmond. Salvation Army photo

Winter beds are available in Richmond around-the-clock for those experiencing homelessness, who are looking to escape the frigid temperatures this week.

The temperature is expected to hit -8 degrees Celsius in Richmond on Wednesday night, according to Environment Canada. Most other nights this week will also be below zero degrees.

According to the city, the Emergency Shelter on Horseshoe Way has an additional 15 winter beds, available from Nov. 1 to March 31. While the beds are being used, there are still some available.

The city no longer has extreme weather beds and those were only available for overnight stays.

The Emergency Response Centre (ERC) at Minoru is also open for 24/7 access and can house up to 45 individuals, however, this facility does not have dedicated winter beds.

The former Minoru Place Activity Centre was converted to a temporary ERC in mid-May 2020, in response to COVID-19.