LANGLEY – The B.C. government will fund 30 extreme weather shelter spaces in Langley this winter to help those whose health and safety may be threatened by cold, wet weather.

The temporary spaces, located at the Salvation Army will be available from now until March 31, 2015 as communities issue extreme weather alerts for their area.

“The combination of cold, wet weather conditions puts vulnerable people at risk,” said Langley MLA Mary Polak. “It is important to provide them with a warm safe place to stay.”

“Langley is a caring community and it is critical to have emergency spaces available for people in need,” said Housing minister and Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman.

Each community decides what weather conditions warrant an alert and how many spaces to activate on a given night, depending on the capacity of existing shelters and the estimated need.

Throughout the province, the B.C. government will provide up to $1.6 million this winter to make more than 1,100 temporary emergency shelter spaces serving more than 90 communities.

The B.C. government also funds outreach teams in to help connect people with a range of services such as housing, health care and community supports. Last year, more than 6,700 people in B.C. were connected to these supports by provincially funded homeless outreach and shelter workers.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $4 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families. This year, nearly 100,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.