The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre has reopened with 45 shelter spots for people experiencing homelessness in Victoria. (Courtesy of Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre)

The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre has reopened with 45 shelter spots for people experiencing homelessness in Victoria. (Courtesy of Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre)

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre shelter in Victoria reopens with spots for 45 people

Arena is an interim step until long-term housing is found

The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre is again being used as a shelter.

BC Housing re-activated a lease with the GSL group to use the Victoria arena as a temporary shelter for 45 people experiencing homelessness. The shelter re-opened March 1.

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Services provided include meals, washrooms and supports including health care, addictions treatment and harm reduction. Each individual will have a pod with a full-size storage locker, and will be able to bring in personal belongings that fit into two standard storage bins and a bag. Those items will then be kept in monitored and secured storage.

A statement from BC Housing says people particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 – including those over the age of 55 and those with pre-existing health conditions – will be prioritized for the shelter spaces.

PHS Community Services Society will perform COVID-19 screenings for everyone moving into the arena.

The centre is an interim step until permanent housing solutions are found, according to BC Housing.

The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre has reopened with 45 shelter spots for people experiencing homelessness in Victoria. (Courtesy of Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre)


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