With temperatures dipping into the minus 20’s this weekend, workers at the Salvation Army expect more beds will be used, especially in the extreme weather shelter.
The local organization has two shelters, an emergency shelter and the extreme weather shelter. The latter is used when the temperature dips below minus ten.
Earlier this year, the B.C. government introduced legislation that would give police officers the authority to pick up homeless people and drop them off at a local shelter.
Captain Ben Lippers, with the local organization, says that practice is already common in Fort St. John.
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The Salvation Army receives funding from B.C. Housing, when the extreme weather shelter is full and the temperature is below minus ten.
Lippers says workers have yet to turn people down from either shelter.
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He says as long as users are orderly, the extreme-weather shelter will allow intoxicated people in. But, those under the influence will not be accepted in the emergency shelter.
If an individual is acting in an unruly manner, the local RCMP will be called-in to assist.