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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.

Extreme Heat Weather Advisory and Resources

With an Extreme Heat Weather Advisory being posted for the Lower Mainland by Environment Canada, temperatures are projected to be between 35 and 40 degrees celsius in some places. The New Westminster Emergency Management Office is reminding it residence to protect themselves against heat-related illnesses. 

For tips to assist in being comfortable and staying safe, please visit: https://newwestcity.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/minimalist/index.html?appid=cbe31e4d9852475aa9557da4a32c68cf

Location of City Water Fountains and Accessible Washrooms

SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS TO PURCHASE WATER To enable faith-based and non-profit organizations to assist their clients, guests and patrons, the City, through the COVID-19 At-Risk and Vulnerable Populations Task Force, is making up to $150 available for each faith-based and non-profit organization for the purchase and distribution of bottled water. If you are serving a large number of clients, guests and patrons, and you require more than $150 to meet their needs, then please e-mail John Stark at jstark@newwestcity.ca  In making your purchases, please ensure that you receive and submit receipts, and the City will ensure prompt payment. Receipts can be e-mailed to amehdic@newwestcity.ca

COOLING CENTRES: Century House and Queensborough Community Centre are being opened up as Cooling Centers from 11am-6pm starting Friday June 25 and will continue over the weekend and until the heatwave has concluded.  

Stay safe everyone!

Vote for the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society and increase our chances of receiving much-needed funds!

$500,000 for Charities and Not-for-Profits

Being Funded by MyGivingCircle

In 2021 My Giving Circle is giving away $500,000 in grants to Charities, not-for-profits, and community groups. Their next round of grants will send $130,000 to the 80 charities that receive the most votes in Canada, the UK, the US, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia by June 30. 2021. Charities in each country will be awarded.

Homelessness Action Week October 11 – 17, 2020 #HAW2020

#HAW2020 Official Poster

New Westminster #HAW2020 Official Calendar

Activity Posters:

Thanksgiving Monday Takeaway Lunch courtesy of the BC Nurses Union and the Salvation

Tuesday Community Dialogue: What can we do to address the housing crisis in New Westminster? Lower Mainland Purpose Society

Wednesday NW Outreach Health Clinic and Women and Children’s Dental Hygiene Care Clinic

Flu Immunization Clinics (All Welcome)

Tuesday October 13, 2020

9:30 am – 11:30 am Holy Trinity Cathedral 514 Carnarvon St.

Thursday October 15, 2020

9:30 am – 11:30 am Lookout’s The Russell, Honeymoon Suite (Carnarvon/Alexander St.)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm St. Barnabas 1010 5th Ave.

Friday October 16th, 2020 WORLD FOOD DAY – Celebrating our Local Food Heroes

Watch New Westminster Community Food Action’s Facebook page from October 11 – 16 as we recognize our local food heroes. The community is also encouraged to do a shout out to your local food heroes on October 16 using #WorldFoodDay #FoodHeroes and #EverbodyNeedsToEat. Food Heroes will be entered into a prize draw!

If you would like to support #HAW2020 in any way please contact Betina, the Coalition and Projects Coordinator.

Community steps up to support access to food as we deal with COVID-19

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Rev. Laurie McKay (Deacon) of St. Aidan’s Presbyterian Church, Betina Wheeler NWHCS Projects and Coalition Coordinator, New Westminster – Burnaby MP Peter Julian at the Drive Thru Food Drive on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

THANK YOU to New Westminster- Burnaby MP Peter Julian (and Doris Mah), Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, the NW Firefighters Charitable Society, the NW Soccer Club, all the volunteers, and the New Westminster (and Burnaby) community for making the Drive Thru Food Drive on Saturday such a resounding success!

An incredible amount of food was collected that will now be distributed to those in need through Purposes Hamper Program and the Health Van, and through the St. Aidan’s HUB in the West End and at its pop-ups in Sapperton and Queensborough. Included in this was a donation of 500 pounds of frozen chicken! We also received close to $800 in cash and grocery store cards, and promises of more to come – including 25 pounds of zucchini! I will be working with local hamper and meal programs to make sure these funds get used in the best way.

This community just rocks!

Betina, NWHCS Projects and Coalition Coordinator

New Westminster Overdose Memorial

Currently Accepting Art, Writing and Photos Submissions

The New Westminster Overdose Community Action Team – Peer Network is assembling a memorial to commemorate the many lives that have been lost to the overdose crisis. They hope to capture the collective impact of the overdose crisis, which includes at least 95 lives cut short due to the contaminated drug supply in New Westminster since 2016.

For more information please visit: Overdose Memorial