Shelter beds will open seven days a week rain or shine throughout the winter starting Oct. 1 as a temporary fix after a five-month-old homeless encampment in Saanich moved over the weekend instead of disbanding.

The B.C. government announced today that in response to the urgent need for shelter spaces in Saanich and Victoria, including those who were living at the Regina Park encampment in Saanich, it will provide safe shelter spaces every night regardless of weather conditions.