Salmon Arm is still without a homeless shelter for the winter.
The typically seasonal, Salvation Army-operated shelter that had been open year-round during the pandemic closed in May and despite efforts to find a replacement, BC Housing has not found a new way forward.
“The Salvation Army, as operator of the Lighthouse shelter in Salmon Arm, informed BC Housing that it did not have enough staff to sustain operations of the local food bank and the shelter, which operate at the same site. As a result, the shelter closed on May 31,” BC Housing said in a statement.
“Despite having funding available and conducting regular searches in the community for adequate locations, we have not yet been able to secure a location to replace this shelter.”