Victoria City Council has requested the province fund the full amount for extended summer hours at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria allocates $50,000 to support summer hours at Our Place

Another $75,000 is needed to run the shelter for three extra hours daily

Victoria City Council will allocate $50,000 from surplus to help support Our Place’s extended summer hours.

Current summer hour only run until 6 p.m., leaving a gap in services until later in the night when overnight shelters open closer to 9 or 10 p.m..

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City council will partner with BC Housing and Island Health to provide a total of $150,000 to extend Our Place’s hours to run until 9 p.m. this summer.

The motion was brought forward by Coun. Charalyne Thornton-Joe and Mayor Lisa Helps on Feb. 22. Council has requested the province fund the full amount for these extended hours in the future.

According to Grant McKenzie, communications coordinator for Our Place, it takes approximately $175,000 to run the shelter for an extra three hours daily from April 1 to Oct. 31.

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McKenzie says upcoming fundraisers will help provide the remaining $25,000 needed.

Both BC Housing and Island Health have not yet approved the $50,000 needed but McKenzie expects a decision to be made within the month so hours can be extended starting April 1.



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