Richmond’s growing homeless population is getting a new, expanded shelter.

The City of Richmond and BC Housing announced Thursday that the Salvation Army is to receive an expanded facility in southeast Richmond, near Ironwood Plaza. This, after the only shelter on Shell Road — a single-family home — was given a notice to evict due to a highly speculative real estate market

Major Kathie Chiu noted about 130 requests for shelter are denied each month at the existing facility.

“Homelessness is a pressing social issue for Richmond and it’s on the rise,” said Chiu.