Extreme Heat and Vulnerable Youth

This week, the Lower Mainland is experiencing a heat warning. Throughout BC, 22 temperature records have been broken, this past Sunday, and an air quality advisory is currently in place. While we often associate weather-related concerns for people experiencing homelessness with cold temperatures, extreme heat poses significant risks as well. 

For those who are homeless or precariously housed, extreme heat can be dangerous. Individuals without a secured dwelling may lack access to fresh water, sunscreen, and cool places to stay. Fraser Health notes, “Summer heat can pose serious health risks to people experiencing homelessness or living in precarious housing, especially those with pre-existing heart, lung, or mental health conditions.” 

At Covenant House Vancouver, we take proactive steps to protect youth from the heat. We ensure that those living outside or staying with us have access to essential supplies like water bottles, sunscreen, and cool clothing. Our Drop-In Centre provides a safe, air-conditioned space where youth can shower, hydrate, eat nutritious food, and escape the sun. 

Here’s how you can help support young people during this extreme heat: 

  • Check on vulnerable neighbours and community members. 
  • Encourage people who need a cool place to go to visit a cooling centre
  • Donate much needed items such as sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, electric and hand fans, water/Gatorade, energy bars, and cooling towels. 

For donations of the above items, these can be dropped off at our 1280 Seymour Street building at the front desk. Together, we can ensure the safety and well-being of all members of our community this summer.