Extreme weather beds rolled out at Abbotsford shelters

Temperature drop triggered need for extra beds

Outreach workers rolled out 70 extra beds for the homeless at Abbotsford shelters last night.

It was the first night of this season extreme weather protocols were enacted to try and get people inside, as the temperatures dropped and snow sprinkled on the city.

An extra 30 beds were rolled out at the Gateway of Hope, 20 at the Salvation Army, 10 at the WarmZone for women and 10 at the Cyrus Centre for youth up to 24 years old.

A Cyrus shuttle bus also spent the afternoon and evening moving people between shelters and picking up individuals who needed a ride to one, said Les Talvio, Cyrus’s executive director.

Talvio said the extreme weather beds will remain out through the weekend and possibly into next week, depending on the weather.

A warming centre will also be open through the weekend at Cyrus on Ware Street from noon to 8 p.m.

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