About Us

Our Vision:

A world where every individual experiences a socially just quality of life.

Our Mission:

To collaborate, educate, and act to ensure access to healthy safe housing and supportive services in New Westminster.

History:

The New Westminster Homelessness Coalition was formed in 2005 to bring together a range of people and organizations working to address homelessness in New Westminster. The Coalition incorporated in January 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. In 2016, we updated our strategic plan to address homeless issues more effectively. Many of our members are now currently working with the City to develop a new Homelessness Action Strategy.

The NWHCS members represent service providers, faith and community-based organizations, community members and all levels of government. The coalition is funded by the City of New Westminster, project specific funding, and donations from community members.

Our member organizations deliver housing, outreach, food, job training, crisis intervention, financial assistance and youth programs, and witness first-hand the day to day challenges of poverty and homelessness in our city. We continue to work on addressing the needs of the homeless and those at-risk in New Westminster; enabling many people to permanently break the cycle of homelessness.

In May 2019, the NWHCS was successful in securing City of New Westminster funding to support the implementation of the New Westminster Food Security Action Plan. This work has increased the profile of local food security issues which are so intricately linked to poverty and homelessness. When the pandemic struck, we worked with the City to support the Covid emergency food response establishing Food and Resource Hubs in Sapperton, the Brow of the Hill, the West end and Queensborough, extending our reach from the downtown core.

Through our strategic alliances and ongoing efforts to increase community awareness through initiatives like Homelessness Action Week (HAW), Laundry Love New West, Connect Days, World Food Day, etc. we believe that as a community we can work together to make homelessness a thing of the past. We thank our members and partners for their hard work and dedication and look forward to continuing to work together to support our community.

Our Members and Supporters:

Lookout Housing and Health Society
Website
604-523-9126
Email
Lower Mainland Purpose Society
Website
604-526-2522
Email
Elizabeth Fry Society 
Website

604-520-1166
Email
Fraserside Community Services
Website
604-522-3722
Email
Downtown New Westminster BIA 
Website

604-524-4996
Email
New West Downtown Residents Association

Website Email

Monarch Place Transition House
Website
604-521-1888
Email
Union Gospel Mission
Website
604-253-3323
Email
Salvation Army
Website
604-521-0363
Email
City of New Westminster

John Stark Sr. Social Planner

Email 

Website

Holy Trinity Cathedral
Website
604-521-2511
514 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster
Jaimie McEvoy, City Councillor
Website
Contact: Jaimie McEvoy
Email
Seniors Services Society
Website
604-520-6621
Email
Chinu Das, City Councillor
Website 
Contact: Chinu Das
Email
Jennifer Whiteside, MLA                                                     Website                                                                                Contact: Jennifer Whiteside                                                     Email             Peter Julian, MP
Website
Contact: Peter Julian
Email
New Westminster City Police
Website
604-525-5411
555 Columbia Street, New Westminster
New Westminster Mental Health Centre   Website  604-777-6800
403 Sixth Street, New Westminster
St. Barnabas Church
Website
604-526-6646

Our Sponsors:

City of New Westminster
Downtown Business Improvement Association of New Westminster
New Westminster community members

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