Merritt’s cold weather shelter will receive more funding this season, allowing the space to stay open every night from Nov. 1 until the end of March.

In previous years, the Nicola Valley Shelter and Support Society’s (NVSSS) cold weather shelter was only open every night from December through February. In November and March, the shelter was opened only on nights forecasted to be below zero.

That was due to its designation as an extreme weather response shelter, but this year it has been deemed a winter shelter by BC Housing — resulting in the additional funding, new shelter co-ordinator Ava Dean told the Herald.