November 6, 2017
Usually, it’s affordable housing that is lost to redevelopment but sometimes it’s houses of worship and irreplaceable shelter beds.
The church at 1805 Larch Street in Kitsilano, which has doubled as an Extreme Weather Response (EWR) homeless shelter for many winters, is up for sale for an undisclosed price. No surprise—it’s 25 beds are nowhere to be seen in the November 3 announcement of Vancouver EWR shelters for the winter of 2017-18, made by the B.C. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
EWR shelters only open in response to a community extreme weather alert, so they are not reliably open every night. All the same, the 25-bed, part-time EWR shelter at St Mark’s has been the only emergency shelter that homeless men in Kitsilano and Fairview have ever had, to my knowledge.