NEWLY RELEASED: You are Pretty Much on Your Own…The Two Disasters of Homelessness and the Pandemic.

Researchers in Nova Scotia looked at homelessness as it collided with the pandemic. The issues portrayed are relevant right across Canada, not just in the communities studied. Truly reflective of what many of us have been deep in the thick off since the pandemic started and the realities of our vulnerable folks who are still lining up outside to get many services.

Extreme Weather Advisory Issued for New Westminster

This EWA is being issued on January 24 at 11:10am, due to the following weather conditions and forecast: temperatures at or below zero degrees.

The following shelter will be providing spaces during this EWA:

 Lower Mainland Purpose Society EWR Shelter

Enter on Front Street side of building

8:00pm to 8:00am

Space for up to 50 adults 19+

Phone: 604-526-2522 (830-5pm) or 604-375-5792 (during shelter hours)

UPDATE: CNW Homelessness Action Strategy

Virtual Community Event Feb 17, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:00

The City of New Westminster is developing a new Homelessness Action Strategy that will provide a five-year vision and plan for addressing homelessness. The previous strategy was foundational and contributed to a 58% reduction in unsheltered homelessness between 2008 and 2017. Recent events, including a housing affordability crisis, an opioid epidemic and a global pandemic, have all contributed to increasing homelessness, and prompted the need for collective action.

The development of the strategy has involved people with lived and living experience of homelessness, business associations, resident groups, and service providers, and this is your opportunity to learn more about this important issue, to shape the strategy, and to be part of the solution.

Please join us virtually on February 17, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm for a panel discussion, followed by a question and answer session and small group discussions. A community survey will be launched after the event as well.

The panel discussion will be an opportunity to hear from local service providers, individuals with lived experience of homelessness, and policy-makers. Topics will include the current homelessness situation in New Westminster, what actions are currently being taken to address this issue, lived perspectives on homelessness, and what we have heard so far from various community organizations, members and partners about potential actions for the new strategy.

Following the panel discussion and question and answer session, join your neighbours in a breakout discussion on potential opportunities and actions that the City and the community can take to address homelessness.

Learn more about and sign up for this event on the New Westminster Be Heard Website.

Please share this invite with members of your organization and help us promote this important event to the community.

Extreme Weather Advisory Issued for New Westminster

This EWA for New Westminster is being issued on January 19 at 9:40am, due to the following weather conditions and forecast: rain accumulation and a steady decline in temperatures dropping to zero degrees by end of week.

The following shelter will be providing spaces during this EWA:

Lower Mainland Purpose Society EWR Shelter 502 Columbia Street (old Army and Navy bldg.) Enter from Front Street side of building

8:00pm to 8:00am

Space for up to 50 adults 19+

Phone: 604-526-2522 (830-5pm) or 604-375-5792 (during shelter hours)