Courtenay shelter prepares for colder weather

With inclement winter weather on the horizon, the demand for emergency shelter space increases.

With inclement winter weather on the horizon, the demand for emergency shelter space increases.

The Pidcock Shelter at 632 Pidcock Ave. in Courtenay contains 15 extreme weather spaces, in addition to beds.

When the Extreme Weather Response team issues an extreme weather alert, floor mats will be placed in a multi-purpose room to accommodate homeless individuals.

“It’s very, very tight but it’s much drier and much safer, and we’re looking after our people in a whole lot better way than if they’re sleeping outside,” says Salvation Army community ministries director Brent Hobden. “It’s certainly not ideal but it does work.”

The shelter contains 18 beds, 14 supplied by BC Housing and four by the Sally Ann. When the 18 beds are filled, the shelter then turns to the mats.

Hobden said Pidcock turned away 99 people last month. Just one week into November, the shelter has already refused admission to more than 20 people.

In another initiative, the Dawn to Dawn: Action on Homelessness Society is seeking donations of trailers and sleeping bags to help homeless individuals as temperatures drop. Gently used or new sleeping bags can be dropped off at AIDS Vancouver Island at 355 Sixth St. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Trailers will be used to house people at Maple Pool Campground in Courtenay. The priority population is vulnerable seniors.

For questions about trailers, call Grant Shilling at 250-218-3136.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

2019 FEDERAL ELECTION: North Island-Powell River candidates address other issues of importance

“Other than the topics already discussed, what is the most important issue in your constituency?”

2019 FEDERAL ELECTION: Courtenay-Alberni candidates address other issues of importance

Other than the topics already discussed, what do you feel is the most important issue in your constituency?

A school of Engel Völkers salmon to support Kus-kus-sum Project in the Comox Valley

Engel & Völkers Vancouver Island North and their associated advisors are decorating… Continue reading

Speed-date nights come to the Comox Valley

Two nights set for Oct. 24 and 25 at the Comox Valley Curling Club

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

The one with the ‘Friends’ photoshoot: Kelowna group recreates TV show intro

A friend’s departure prompted them to create something that really says, “I’ll be there for you”

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

Most Read