📢 EWR is OPEN starting Jan. 11 until warmer weather 📢 📍Westminster Bible Chapel (7540 6th Street Burnaby) 8:30 pm to 8:00 am | ☎️  778-384-6486 (only during shelter hours)

Burnaby Extreme Weather Response

The Extreme Weather Response (EWR) makes sheltering spaces available when the weather is severe enough to pose a higher health risk to people who experience homelessness. It operates during times of extreme heat or cold.

When is Burnaby’s Extreme Weather Response in effect?

We respond to both extreme cold and extreme heat warnings. The Extreme Weather Response shelters are open whenever the temperature drops below 0 degrees (or feels like 0 degrees) during the night OR whenever the temperature is anticipated to reach a daytime high of 29 degrees Celsius for two or more consecutive days.

An announcement will be made on our webpage and social media by noon of that day if the shelter will be open

Where
EWR Shelters:
1st to 15th of the month - The Neighbourhood Church (7135 Walker Ave, Burnaby)
16th to end of the month - Westminster Bible Chapel (7540 6th Street, Burnaby)

Cooling Centres:
Burnaby Civic Square (Central Boulevard & McKay Avenue)
Kensington Park (Frances Street & Fell Avenue)
When
Whenever EWR/EWHR Alert is in affect

Extreme Weather Cold Response

The Cold EWR provides for sheltering spaces to be made available overnight when the weather is severe enough to pose a higher health risk to people who experience homelessness.  It operates between October 15 and March 31 or whenever extreme weather occurs.  

Alerts are called on a daily basis with notices distributed widely for posting – e.g., with emergency services, hospitals, clinics, government services, in Burnaby public libraries, community centres, churches and at the offices of social service agencies.  Alerts are called jointly by the operator (Lookout) and Task Force.  Oversight is by the Extreme Weather Response Work Group, a committee of the Task Force To End Homelessness in Burnaby.

People receive food and a safe warm dry place to sleep and referrals to needed services.

Burnaby’s Extreme Weather Response is greatly assisted by the donations of the faith community who provide nutritious food and supplies as well as location for the shelter and volunteer support.

Volunteers and assistance are always welcome.  From setting up or taking down the space, to serving food there are a variety of tasks that we need help with.

If you want to help with this initiative, please contact:  info@burnabyhomeless.org

For media requests please contact Dave Brown  (778) 389-4044

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EXTREME WEATHER COLD RESPONSE

Extreme weather is defined as conditions deemed severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of homeless persons such as:

  • Temperatures at or below 0° Celsius; temperatures are not absolute and are flexible to other weather conditions; 
  • Wind chill that reduces the temperature to feel like 2° Celsius
  • Snow accumulation; 
  • 3+ days of extended rainfall that make it difficult or impossible for individuals to remain dry; 
  • Freezing rain and/or sleet; 
  • Severe wind and severe wind warning
Where
EWR Shelters:
1st to 15th of the month - The Neighbourhood Church (7135 Walker Ave, Burnaby)
16th to end of the month - Westminster Bible Chapel (7540 6th Street, Burnaby)
When
Whenever EWR Alert is in affect

Extreme Weather Heat Response

The Burnaby Extreme Weather Heat Response (EWHR) Plan sets the framework to prevent harmful health impacts of extreme hot weather on people experiencing homelessness within the municipality of Burnaby and coordinates resources to respond.  

The EWHR Plan works in conjunction with the City of Burnaby heat response, providing additional directions and support due to the extra vulnerability of people who experience homelessness.

The Extreme Weather Heat Response outdoor cooling sites are opened whenever the temperature is likely to reach a daytime high of 29 degrees Celsius for two or more consecutive days.

*** An alert will be given by email and on our webpage and social media by 11 am of the day prior to the outdoor Cooling Sites opening ***

The location of the Burnaby Extreme Weather Heat Response Cooling Stations operated by the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby is currently located at:

Burnaby Civic Squareat the intersection of McKay and Central – behind Bob Prittie Library at 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby

Kensington Park (Frances Street & Fell Ave)

Hours of operation are 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM

 

FREE SERVICES AVAILABLE:

Water, cooling cloths, food, summer clothing, sunscreen, hygiene supplies,  board games, access to nurses, Outreach Workers, etc.

For more info call: 604-902-3071

The Heat Response Plan Main Objectives

The core response objectives of this EWHR during periods of extreme heat are to:

  • alert the most vulnerable that extreme heat weather conditions are either expected or currently exist so that they can take heat precautions;
  • educate both people who are homeless and the services and support they rely on to the risks of heat to the homeless population and identify actions they can take to reduce risks; and
  • identify temporary relief locations in Burnaby, and establish as needed, where people experiencing homelessness can go to cool down.

The EWHR Plan has been developed in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has been drafted to follow the instructions and guidelines of the provincial Chief Medical Health Officer.

The Burnaby Extreme Weather Heat Response Committee, on behalf of the Task Force To End Homelessness in Burnaby – working collaboratively with the City of Burnaby, Division of Family Practice, Fraser Health, Lookout Housing and Health Society, Progressive Housing and other interested parties – has the responsibility of creating Burnaby’s Extreme Weather Heat Response (EWHR) and conducting annual reviews. 

Where
Cooling Centres:
Burnaby Civic Square (Central Boulevard & McKay Avenue)
Kensington Park (Frances Street & Fell Avenue)
When
Whenever EWHR Alert is in affect

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Mobile Shower Program

We offer our guests biweekly access to the basic necessity of a hot shower in an effort to combat the negative stigma of poor hygiene amongst those experiencing homelessness. Guests are provided with fresh towels, clothing, and hygiene supplies.
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EWR makes sheltering spaces available when the weather is severe enough to pose a higher health risk to people who experience homelessness. It operates during times of extreme heat or cold.
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