*UPDATE*: City Hall confirms that the cold weather alert will be in place overnight Saturday, if not longer.

A cold weather alert has been issued for overnight in Timmins, setting in motion a plan to keep the homeless population safe.

Operations of Living Space are being transferred over to the Native Friendship Centre on Kirby Avenue.  It will serve as a warming shelter starting at 5:30pm, until the alert has been lifted.

City Hall’s CAO, Dave Landers, has the authority to instate a cold weather alert when Environment Canada predicts an overnight low temperature of -27C or lower, with or without wind chill.

Participating in the cold weather alert strategy along with Living Space and the friendship centre are Timmins Police and the District Social Services Administration Board.