Okanagan service providers scramble to shelter homeless as temps plummet to – 30 C

Okanagan service providers are scrambling to shelter people experiencing homelessness as temperatures plummet to -30 C Monday night, creating conditions ripe for frostbite.

In Kelowna, shelters are at capacity and operators are working with the Central Okanagan Journey Home Society to find additional emergency spaces.

Cornerstone Shelter Services, which is operated by the John Howard Society of BC, has been at capacity for a year. The facility is located at 425 Leon Ave. and houses 80 people.

Executive director Dawn Himer said the society is recruiting additional staff to expand its services during the cold snap.

“We are really concerned about the folks that are out there and that’s why we are trying to add additional staff and look for spaces and see if we can support that,” she said.

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