The City of New Westminster and BC Housing are partnering to create up to 44 units of supportive housing for women that will be operated by the Elizabeth Fry Society.
Process & Engagement
Public Hearing – June 26, 2018
The City of New Westminster will hold a public hearing at City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster.
Community Open House – May 1, 2018
A drop-in community open house was held on May 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Ave, New Westminster.
Representatives from Elizabeth Fry Society, BC Housing, and the City of New Westminster were on hand to present information and answer questions.
Poster boards from that meeting are available below:
About the Project
BC Housing, the City of New Westminster, community agencies and local residents recognize the urgent need for more affordable housing in New Westminster. This plan, which is part of the Rapid Response to Homelessness Program, proposes to build 44 units of modular housing with 24/7 supports for women who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The priority would be women living on the streets, in shelters or other precarious housing in New Westminster.
The ‘2017 Homeless Count’ reported that 29% of the homeless population in New Westminster were women. Service providers have expressed concern that women are underrepresented as they often use strategies such as couch surfing and doubling up with families and friends, or stay in unsafe situations, rather than stay on the street or access services for the homeless.
The proposed housing would be managed by the Elizabeth Fry Society. The building will be staffed 24/7 and provide support services such as access to life skills training, employment skills programming, and health and wellness services that will enable residents to maintain their housing and move toward a more stable, healthy life.