A new venue for a Chilliwack warming centre is being actively sought for this winter. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Warming centre location in Chilliwack sought

Last year they opened a warming centre in a Chilliwack church but they need a new venue now

A new venue for a Chilliwack warming centre is being actively sought for this winter.

“We need something now,” said Coun. Ken Popove, who is also chair of the Housing First subcommittee of Chilliwack Healthier Community.

“I would hate to hear of someone freezing to death once the colder winter weather arrives.”

READ MORE: Last winter a respite

Last January a warming centre opened its doors downtown in the Chilliwack United Church, with help from BC Housing, City of Chilliwack and Ruth and Naomi’s Mission.

People were able to come off the streets on a drop-in basis to get dry, take a nap or have a coffee. By April there were some complaints lodged about people milling around on the sidewalks.

READ MORE: Out of the cold

A new location for this winter is something desperately needed in Chilliwack until the Salvation Army’s modular shelter opens in February 2018, said Coun. Popove.

It could be a venue offered by real estate professionals, local churches, or commercial owners.

“This is strictly short-term,” he said. “We just can’t find anything.”

The most vulnerable segment of society, which the homeless fit into, have to be offered some resources to keep them alive, Popove said.

The location is something they can discuss.

“We just wanted to put it out there to see if we could shake something loose,” Popove said.

A warming centre for youth only is in operation at Cyrus Centre until March.


@CHWKjourno
jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

New Chilliwack YMCA was ‘worth the wait’ say visitors

Family Day will mark officially opening for new building, after sneak peek tours on Saturday

More people in Chiliwack coming in to shelters to get out of the cold

Ruth and Naomi’s went over-capacity this week to accommodate shelter guests coming in from the cold

Prominent Chilliwack realtor says he doesn’t know how child porn got on his computer

Closing arguments heard in Ian Robert Meissner’s trial for accessing and possessing child pornography

Q&A with federal Liberal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Francois-Philippe Champagne visited the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 123

Mini Med School events are slated for March

Free info sessions allow attendees a chance to talk face-to-face with local medical professionals

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Stabbing at Lower Mainland banquet hall sends man to hospital

RCMP says victim has ‘non-life threatening’ injuries, incident still under investigation

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Man taken to hospital for smoke inhalation, burns after fire at RV park

Firefighters find man suffering from smoke inhalation, burns to face and hands: battalion chief

Most Read