Contact Us

New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society
750 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster, BC
V3M 1E7

Email:
admin@nwhomeless.ca

Charitable Registration No:
809795081 RR0001


2019/20 Meetings

Scheduled meeting dates for the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society:

  • Board Meetings
    TBD

  • Coalition Meetings
    Next meeting:
    November 13, 2019
    9 am to 11 am
    Union Gospel Mission
    658 Clarkson Street

    • AGM
      TBD

    Meetings are held at the Russell Centre, 740 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster unless otherwise noted.


Welcome!

Welcome to the website of the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society. The members of the NWHCS envision a world where every individual experiences a socially just quality of life.

Our long-term mission is to collaborate, educate, and act to ensure access to healthy safe housing and supportive services in New Westminster.

The Coalition incorporated in January of 2012 and became a society on May 31, 2012, in order to better succeed in our long-term mission to help those in need in New Westminster. So, officially, we are now the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society or NWHCS.

We gratefully welcome your continued support.

Easter Weekend Food supports

Mobile Food Supports for those in need thanks to Purpose Society’s Health Van!!

An open letter to the Greater Vancouver Foodbank

 

While community food security is on all of our minds right now as we professionally and personally deal with the effects of the pandemic, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank recently proposed changes to its registration process that will have a long term effect on people’s ability to access food supports.

In early March they announced that they were putting in place a new registration process that would require all current food bank users to re-register. To re-register (or register in the future) they would be required to provide:

  • valid government issue picture ID for all adults;
  • verification of current address; and, 
  • verification of their last three months income. 

In addition to this, for the first time they would be introducing means-testing which could disqualify some current food bank users from access if their income was above a figure set by the GVFB (slightly above the LICO).

This is at a time when most food banks are moving away from increasing barriers to food access.

Needless to say, alarm bells went off for many who work with vulnerable populations and a plan was developed to advocate against this.

Last week the Board of the NW Homelessness Coalition Society endorsed an advocacy letter to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank to express our deep concern around these changes and the effect they will have on access to food. 

Even with this pandemic happening, they have not stepped back from these changes and still intend to have all food bank users re-register by July 1st at the latest. The current information also has this registration process happening at the Burnaby Greater Vancouver Food Bank location.

We have one GVFB depot in New West that currently operates out of Olivet Baptist Church 3 Thursday mornings a month. During the crisis, they will operate from the parking lot of Tipperary Park. It is not known how many current food bank users will be able to meet the new requirements or what effect their disqualification will have on other local service providers’ food programming. 

To learn more please read and consider signing the open letter to the Greater Vancouver Foodbank on behalf of your organization or as a concerned community member.

Stay safe everyone!

 

Supporting local service providers during the pandemic

At times like these, it is understandable that people want to support those in our community who are in need. As someone who has been a food advocate in this community for years now, I am extremely worried about the ability of our local organizations to meet community needs as this crisis unfolds. While it is an easy and quick reaction to provide support to large organizations like the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, we would like to encourage you to please consider supporting local community organizations that continue to operate and provide food programming and other supports in New Westminster during this pandemic.  Organizations like:

Aunt Leah’s Place 

Dan’s Legacy (food recovery efforts that are supporting local organizations)

Elizabeth Fry Society  

Lookout Housing and Health 

Lower Mainland Purpose Society (in need of volunteers and funding support and supplies for their Health Van)

Salvation Army  604.521.0363

Seniors Services Society   (in need of volunteers and gas cards)

Union Gospel Mission 604.525.8989

And, please don’t forget those organizations that have temporarily suspended their food services and will need our support once they are able to operate again. We hope this will happen soon! Organizations like:

Holy Trinity Cathedral for their weekly Breakfast program.  

St Barnabas’s for their weekly community lunch and food cupboard.  

St. Aidan’s for their proposed new weekend food bank for community members who can’t access weekday supports. 

Stay safe everyone, 

Betina

NWHCS Coalition and Projects Coordinator

COVID-19 Information Bulletin from the City of New Westminster

Are you a faith group or non – profit organization that provides services in New West? The City is forming a working group to develop strategies to support our most vulnerable folks.  All the info is in the bulletin below.

Stay safe everyone, Betina

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EiRvDYyMAaZuTUT9g5U6na37G40gbt-s/view?usp=sharing

 

REMINDER: 55+ CONNECT DAY Feb 27th

For all the details check out the updated flyer

Holy Trinity is also doing their famous Clothing Boutique on 55+ CONNECT Day. They are in need of seasonal clothing donations, especially things like rainwear, weather-appropriate footwear, new socks, etc.  For more information on how you can help please view the flyer.