Vancouver shelters have opened up extra beds as below-freezing temperatures put the homeless population at risk.

Nine shelters have opened up about 200 extra beds to prevent people from sleeping outside in the freezing cold.

An Extreme Weather Alert will remain in effect until Sunday while temperatures continue to plunge to sub-zero lows at night.

“We haven’t had to turn anybody away,” said Irene Jaakson, an extreme weather response program coordinator.

“This is the second year that we haven’t had to do that, and certainly with this alert I’m optimistic we’re not going to have to do that either.”