Addressing housing needs across the housing continuum includes providing housing and services for persons with very low income who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The true number of people experiencing homelessness in Coquitlam cannot be easily determined. Many people experiencing homelessness do not appear in available statistics such as the Tri-Cities annual homeless count and shelter data. Available data suggest that a minimum of 86 people experienced homelessness in the Tri-Cities in 2020. This number may be higher, and has been estimated at upwards of 140 people experiencing absolute homelessness.
The City supports residents experiencing homelessness by:
Providing partnership assistance to support subsidized housing for very low income individuals and families
Supporting the winter shelter program in local churches
Implementing Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Strengthening Communities' Services Funding to support local outreach programs and mental health support, as well as staff¬ training
Providing funding for the Tri-Cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group
The City forms partnerships to provide subsidized housing for very low income individuals and families. A shelter and transitional housing facility is provided at 3030 Gordon Street for people who are homeless in the Tri-Cities.
3030 Gordon Avenue
Council provided and rezoned City-owned land at 3030 Gordon Avenue for an emergency shelter and transitional housing facility that opened in 2015 to serve the Tri-Cities. Project partners included the City of Coquitlam, BC Housing, City Spaces Consulting, DYS Architects, and RainCity Housing Society (operator).
Thirty emergency shelter beds and 30 transitional (short stay) housing units and associated support services are provided onsite. The building can also provide shelter space for an additional 30 individuals during periods of extreme weather alerts.
The cold/wet weather shelter program has successfully operated in the Tri-Cities during winter months. Currently operated by Progressive Housing Society at local churches, the program provides additional warm places to sleep during cold/wet winter nights for people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.
The nightly winter shelter program will be operating at host Tri-City churches from October 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 for people who are experiencing or who are at risk of homelessness. This is a successful, long-standing program that has been operating for many years.
October 2023 - St. Laurence Anglican Church
November 2023 - Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship
December 2023 – Trinity United Church, Port Coquitlam
January 2024 – Coquitlam Alliance Church
February 2024 - Calvary Baptist Church
March 2024 - Trinity United Church, Port Coquitlam
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