Homelessness Action Strategy and Needs Assessment

Much like other municipalities in Metro Vancouver, New Westminster experienced a 35% increase in homelessness between the regional counts conducted from 2005 to 2008.

The City of New Westminster and BC Housing and direct service providers to the homeless have collaborated on a number of housing initiatives to better serve the homeless population in New Westminster, addressing business and resident concerns regarding homelessness and its associated impacts.

Emphasizing longer-term transitional and permanent supportive housing, these initiatives create a housing continuum which enables the homeless to achieve independence and self-sufficiency.