VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A blanket really doesn’t cut it for people living on the street trying to keep dry.

That’s why a few hundred high-end rain capes will be handed out in an effort to save lives in Vancouver.

“Having a blanket is one thing it keeps them warm. But once it’s damp, blankets stay wet and they never get a chance to dry in the winter.”

Cst. Jodyne Keller the VPD’s Homeless Outreach Coordinator says these capes are hooded, they are waterproof and windproof and they’ve been donated by a local outdoor company.

“They can survive out on the street. That is number one and they are just thrilled to have a product to be able to keep them warm and dry.”

The capes are really good quality, so the hope is that these will last a lot longer than a blanket that is in constant need of replacing.

In its fourth year, the “Birds Nest Project” takes left over materials from the manufacturing process and repurposes these materials through the hands of volunteers, who donate their time to turn the fabric into the capes.

The capes will be given to police officers for distribution.