Help For People Who Are Homeless

Emergency Shelter Year-Round, 24/7

For information on available shelter spaces in the Tri-Cities:  

  • Call or text: 211
  • Refer to: BC 211 Shelter List (PDF)
  • provides free and confidential information on a variety of services including housing, shelter, financial assistance, counselling, mental health, addiction, disability, transportation, seniors, employment and training, immigration, youth, LGBT2SQ+ and more.

Supportive Housing

Thirty self-contained suites at 3030 Gordon Avenue provide longer term accommodation for previously homeless persons preparing for independent living. Supports are provided, as necessary.

To apply for a supportive housing suite:

  • Contact: 604-648-4270, BC Housing’s Orange Hall Office
  • Email: BC Housing

For more information on other supportive housing, contact BC Housing:

Winter Shelter

This year’s 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. 

Progressive Housing Society will be operating the shelter. Everybody is welcome but walk-ups are not permitted – please call to arrange pick-up. Shelter includes a bed, warm meal, bagged lunch, support and referrals. Pets in a kennel are welcome. Pick up starts at 8:45 p.m. Drop off is 7 a.m. 

To reach the Progressive Winter shelter between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.:

Pick-up/Drop off locations (PDF):

  • Lincoln Sky Train Station / Coquitlam Library – east end of Northern Avenue. 
  • Kingsway (north side) at Jane Street – near Bottle Depot
  • Pheasant Drive and Christmas Way (south side of Superstore)

Shelter operations will be as specified in the Temporary Use Permit for the program (approved by City of Coquitlam Council on November 1, 2021).

Shelter location rotates between the host churches:

  • 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                                                                               
  • April 2024 -Trinity United Church, Port Coquitlam     

Tri-Cities Street Survival Guide

See the Tri-Cities Street Survival Guide (PDF) for lists of available services to those who are in need, including: 

  • Clothing
  • Community Policing Offices
  • Food Banks
  • Laundry and shower services
  • Meals
  • Medical and/or addictions Help
  • Shelter
  • Income and Employment Assistance Office Locations

Outreach Services

The Hope for Freedom Society operates a program of outreach to persons homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Tri-Cities, under contract to BC Housing. Two outreach workers seek out homeless persons where they live, establishing contact, developing rapport, and connecting them with available resources and services when they are ready.

For more information, please contact Hope for Freedom Society:

Additional Information

Tri-Cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group: Resources in the Tri-Cities including food and meal programs, and information about what homelessness looks like in our communities and what you can do to help.  Maintained by a community committee working to end homelessness in the Tri-Cities.

BC Housing: Website of the provincial agency responsible for developing, managing, and administering a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province.