Our Place has opened a new 20-bed winter shelter that will replace some of the spaces lost earlier this year when organizations were forced to take in fewer people each night to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

Grant McKenzie, the organization’s director of communications, said the society has received money from B.C. Housing to lease the Victoria Cool Aid Society’s downtown community centre at 755 Pandora Ave.

“It’s only 20 mats, but because of COVID you need a lot of space,” he said.