Coquitlam has approved temporary use permits to allow emergency weather shelters at two city churches despite concerns from several residents who spoke at a public hearing Monday night.

The churches are being added to the rotation of shelters that have been set up during the winter months by the Hope for Freedom Society since 2007. Two churches the society used previously are unable to continue the program. St. Andrews Anglican in Port Moody is being redeveloped and another church in Port Coquitlam has been sold. So it recruited Cornerstone Seventh-Day Adventist (1415 Noon’s Creek Drive) and St. Laurence Anglican (825 St. Laurence St.) to replace them.