The cold snap is squeezing capacity at Kamloops’s homeless shelters which are all now full, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

To meet the growing demand, a temporary shelter is opening tonight at the Memorial Arena with another 50 beds in addition to the 110 that are currently occupied.

“(We’re) hearing many people are going to the emergency room at the hospital, have no place to go,” CMHA Kamloops interim executive director Alfred Achoba says.