The City of Airdrie has announced that those who are vulnerable and unsheltered can continue utilizing the city's previously announced warming spaces till the end of this week, on Friday.
Despite the extreme cold weather warning for Airdrie from Environment Canada having been lifted, vulnerable and unsheltered residents of Airdrie can continue to utilize Airdrie Public Library and Genesis Place as daytime warming spaces during their regular operating hours.
"Airdrie Transit will also continue to ensure all residents anywhere along their transit routes remain safe and be provided transportation options to access various programs and services or other warm, safe environments," The City stated.
“Both, the warming spaces and Airdrie Transit service supports can be utilized till the end of business hours on Friday, January 19. We would like to thank the Airdrie Public Library, our teams at Genesis Place and Airdrie Transit, and the community’s social serving organizations, for their support during this extreme cold weather event,” said Angela Angel, social planner at the City of Airdrie.
Currently, Airdrie does not have a 24-hour emergency shelter open, though a homelessness study has been commissioned to better understand the needs of the city's most vulnerable, as well as quantify the city's homeless population.
While extremely cold temperatures are not predicted in Airdrie's local forecasts, there is a possibility of several centimetres of snow accumulating this week, with nighttime temperatures hovering between -22 and -33 degrees Celsius.
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