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Cold shelter moves in

People stuck out in the cold will now have a short-term location to keep warm at a Kelowna building that was sitting vacant.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced Monday that the province is funding 20 new shelter spaces in response to extreme cold weather.

A temporary 10-hour-a-day shelter has moved into the old Central Okanagan Community Food Bank building at 1265 Ellis St. The building is now owned by Metro Community who are renovating the building.

An employee tells Castanet that Metro has partnered with the other agencies involved by providing the building as a temporary shelter to those who are homeless in the city during the cold snap.

People will be able to access washrooms, laundry facilities, snacks, warm drinks and community services starting at 10 p.m. tonight.

“The shelter is being managed by the John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan and will have at least two staff members on site to help people come in from the cold,” said Rajvir Rao with BC Housing.

Throughout the city, there are 80 year-round shelter spaces and 80 temporary shelter spots.



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