Extreme Cold Weather Shelter Information

New Westminster currently has 54 permanent emergency shelter beds in operation. In addition, the City is working with BC Housing and Purpose Society to operationalize up to 50 extreme weather response program mats on the lower floor of the former Army and Navy department store and accessed off of Front Street. This additional shelter capacity will be activated during extreme weather events and will be operational until March 31, 2022.

Purpose Society is currently addressing some outstanding items prior to occupancy and hopes to have the shelter operating within the week. When operational, Purpose Society will notify City departments and all faith-based and non-profit organizations, and will publicly post the City’s Extreme Weather Response Program Plan, which is intended to assist those who are unsheltered during extreme weather.

You can also find open shelters in your area through BC Housing’s shelter finder at https://smap.bchousing.org/…/shelters_list.jsf…