NORTH VANCOUVER – The B.C. government will fund 45 extreme weather shelter spaces in North Vancouver this winter to help those whose health and safety may be threatened by cold, wet weather.

The temporary spaces, located at the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, 705 West Second Street and 225 East Second Street, will be available from now until March 31, 2016 when extreme weather alerts are issued.

Each community decides what weather conditions warrant an alert and how many spaces to activate on a given night, depending on the capacity of existing shelters and the estimated need.

Throughout British Columbia, close to 1,200 temporary emergency shelter spaces will be available this winter in about 100 communities.

The provincial government also funds outreach teams to help people connect with a range of services, such as housing, health care and community supports. Last year, more than 7,200 people in B.C. were connected to housing, income assistance and a range of support services by provincially funded homeless outreach and shelter workers.

A list of permanent shelter spaces is available at: www.bchousing.org/Options/Emergency_Housing/ESP.

To receive notifications on when communities are issuing Extreme Weather Alerts, follow BC Housing on Twitter: @BC_Housing.