Prodded by Vancouver city council, the provincial government in British Columbia has moved to keep temporary winter shelters for homeless people open past their scheduled shutdown date at the end of this month.

The province is investing $3.1 million to keep the shelters open, making sure that at least 240 beds remain available until March 31, 2020.

The investment follows a motion introduced in Vancouver’s city council on Feb. 26 by Councillor Jean Swanson, who said people forced to leave shelters when they are closed have nowhere to go and deserve a safe place to stay year round.