Courtenay shelter busier than ever
The Extreme Weather Response (EWR) continues to be in effect in the Comox Valley.
To help homeless individuals stay dry and warm, the shelter at 632 Pidcock Ave. in Courtenay has been providing 15 EWR beds, in addition to its normal 18 beds.
"This is the fullest we've ever been," says Salvation Army community ministries director Brent Hobden, noting 10 people slept on mats Sunday night during a snowstorm. "That's the most we've ever had."
The shelter turned away 99 people in October, 83 people in November and 61 in December because it had reached capacity. Hobden expects January will also be in the 60-range.
Last year, the Salvation Army helped 108 individuals find permanent residence. After six months, Hobden said 34 of the 108 individuals remained housed.
"The availability of housing in the Comox Valley is extremely slim," he said.