The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness was responsible for bringing the extreme weather shelter to this community and supplemented the funding provided by BC Housing required to operate the shelter. The coordination and activation of the shelter is volunteered by the SOS.
The Salvation Army operated the shelter from 2011 to 2015 and contributed significant additional funding. During this time, the shelter was open for an average of 48 nights per winter with more than 504 individuals in total finding shelter during the worst weather.
In 2016, the Island Crisis Care Society assumed operation of the extreme weather shelter now located at 223 Mills Street in Parksville.
The protocol for the Oceanside region extreme weather shelter which operates between November 1 and March 31, is standard for extreme weather shelters on the Island. Implementation of the extreme weather response plan will be called when weather conditions are deemed severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of homeless persons. Extreme weather conditions are defined as:
- Temperatures near zero with rainfall that makes it difficult or impossible for homeless people to remain dry
- Sleet/freezing rain
- Snow accumulation
- Sustained high winds