The historic Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal will again be welcoming homeless Montrealers (and their pets) as temperatures drop in the city.\nOver 100 beds will be available to people in need, as well as over 1,000 overflow beds across the city.\nThis is the second year the hospital has made space for those in need during the wintertime.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nFor the second winter in a row, the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal will be opening an overflow shelter. What started as a pilot project was a huge success last year. The government contributed nearly $230,000 to the project last year, according to CBC News.\nThe homeless in Montreal have it especially hard during the winter months and the Royal Victoria Hospital is taking measures to ensure that people are safe. On December 2, more than 1,000 beds will be available across the city for homeless Montrealers and their pets.\nThis year, the Royal Victoria Hospital alone will have over 100 beds available according to TVA Nouvelles. Across the whole city, there will be over 1,000 beds available at overflow shelters.\nLast year, the hospital had 80 beds and sheltered over 1,500 homeless people. It accommodated roughly 67 people per night from January 15 to April 15. The Centres intégrés universitaires de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) and other advocacy groups called the project a success.\nIt's no secret that Montreal suffers from a homelessness problem. According to Global News, Montreal has a population of over 3,000 people who are considered "visibly homeless."\nMayor Valerie Plante has already praised the initiative, saying that "the shelter will be enhanced to better accommodate men and women on two single-sex floors". The shelter will also accommodate "trans people, intoxicated people, couples, people with pets and people with reduced mobility."\nAvec l’hiver qui est à nos portes, nous avons bonifié nos mesures hivernales afin de répondre aux besoins des personnes...Posted by Valérie Plante on Monday, November 11, 2019\nLast year, the overflow shelter received an immensely positive reaction from homeless advocacy groups in Montreal and the homeless population as well.\nThe Royal Victora Hospital shelter received over 1,400 men, 173 women, and 10 transgender people from 18 to 85 in 2018.\nHealth minister McCann announces official opening of $200,000 emergency homeless shelter (temporary) with 80 beds in Ross Pavilion of old Royal Victoria hospital. Men, women & dogs welcome when permanent shelters fill to capacity. Opened nightly 9 PM - 7 AM until April. #polmtl pic.twitter.com/4SAhw8uKfU— Tim Sargeant (@tfsargeant) January 17, 2019\nFor many homeless people, Montreal's harsh winter presents incredible challenges. Though homeless advocacy groups in Montreal focus on hope with concrete solutions and to see a reduced need for overflow shelters, they appreciate that these places provide a safe place for the homeless in the city.\nREAD ALSO: A Real Estate Group Is Kicking People Out Of Their Homes & A Local Woman Is Fighting Back\nCrucially, women felt safe and secure in the Royal Victoria Hospital shelter. Last year, shelters were less crowded thanks to the Royal Victoria's efforts.\n"Like any other North American city, Montreal has a homelessness problem. However, I think that in our city, there’s a visceral response from Montrealers when it gets cold, sympathy for the homeless, a desire to help." - Matthew Pearce pic.twitter.com/DW5JbTi5hN— CRIEM CIRM (@CriemCirm) October 22, 2019\nThe Royal Victoria will be accepting donations of food and winter clothing throughout the coming months.\nFor those who have pets, the Royal Victoria will also be able to accommodate them. Last year, the hospital was happy to find that homeless people with pets weren't as big of a concern as expected.\n"My uncle actually died on the streets," the high school student said. So the 15-year-old and a friend came up with a creation intended to keep people living on Montreal's streets warm during the winter months. | @CBCMontreal pic.twitter.com/Ou0Jxyb6e8— CBC (@CBC) September 3, 2019\nAt other shelters around the city, people might feel unsafe or have a lack of access to adequate services. The Royal Victoria Hospital hopes to end that.\nA look inside Inuit homelessness in Montreal https://t.co/ciugD2SCxi pic.twitter.com/KIH6AX9lar— This Magazine (@thismagazine) July 23, 2018\nHomelessness in Montreal still disproportionally affects Indigenous people and the mentally ill. Drug abuse is also still prevalent among the homeless.\nWith 150 beds compared to last year's 80, the Royal Victoria hospital hopes to be able to accommodate more homeless people (and pets) than ever before — if they need it.