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, 2015 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 the province, the B.C. government will provide up to $1.6 million this winter to make more than 1,100 temporary emergency shelter spaces available in more than 90 communities.

The B.C. government also funds outreach teams to help connect people with a range of services, such as housing, health care and community supports. Last year, more than 6,700 people were connected to these supports by provincially funded homeless outreach and shelter workers.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $4 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families. This year, nearly 100,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.