New Westminster - Ewen Avenue Supportive Housing

Project Overview

The City of New Westminster and BC Housing have created 44 new supportive homes for women operated by the Elizabeth Fry Society.

Front aerial view of New Westminster Ewen Avenue
aerial view of New Westminster Ewen Avenue
Date of Completion
August 2020
New Westminster

About the Project

BC Housing, the City of New Westminster and the local community recognize the urgent need for more affordable housing.

Ewen Avenue is part of the Rapid Response to Homelessness Program. This program provides housing with supports for women who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Ewen Avenue gives priority to women who are living on the streets or in shelters in New Westminster.

The Elizabeth Fry Society manages Ewen Avenue. The staff are available 24/7. Some supports assist with life skills training and employment skills programming. Other supports focus on health and wellness services. These supports help residents to stay housed and move toward a more stable, healthy life.

The ‘2017 Homeless Count’ reported that 29% of the homeless population in New Westminster were women.

There is a concern from service providers that women are being underrepresented. Not all women stay on the street or access homeless services. Some woman chose to stay with family and friends, or stay in unsafe situations rather than be on the streets.

Process & Engagement

Public Hearing – June 26, 2018

The City of New Westminster held 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: