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Affordable Housing

This page is about Nanaimo's emergency, supported and affordable housing and homelessness services.

Since 2001 the City of Nanaimo has been working with the provincial and federal governments and local community partners to address issues of homelessness and affordable housing in our community. It is the goal of the municipality to provide for a range of housing types and tenures sufficient to meet the needs of city residents; this includes incentives to develop affordable housing, zoning bylaws that allow for a range of housing types and tenures, and support to non profit agencies providing a variety of social services.

This page provides a brief summary of those incentives and supports, as well as some of the research done since 2001. For further information or to make enquiries please contact the Community Planning section of the City of Nanaimo's Community Safety and Development Division at 250-755-4429.

Documents

City of Nanaimo's Harm Reduction and Housing First Action Plan

Nanaimo's homeless counts – 2005 – 2008

Knowledge for Action – SPARC BC Hidden Homeless Research Report in Prince George, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson and Nanaimo (PDF)

Official Community Plan - Affordable Housing ( Part C, Goal 3, 3.2 page 67 )

Relevant City of Nanaimo Policies and Bylaws pertaining to affordable housing

Density Bonusing for Social Housing

See Schedule D of the Zoning Bylaw (this link goes to the main zoning page where the zoning bylaw is broken down into section, etc. and also available as a mapping feature).

Rooming Houses

See Section 6.17 of the Zoning Bylaw (this link goes to the main zoning page where the zoning bylaw is broken down into section, etc. and also available as a mapping feature).

Secondary Suites

See Section 6.15 of the Zoning Bylaw (this link goes to the main zoning page where the zoning bylaw is broken down into section, etc. and also available as a mapping feature).

Supported Housing projects in Nanaimo

Emergency Shelters in Nanaimo

Salvation Army New Hope Centre – 19 Nicol street. 24 emergency shelter beds for men – 250-714-1142

Island Crisis Care Society Samaritan House – 30 Nicol Street - 21 emergency shelter beds for women – 250-753-5580

First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo Extreme Weather Shelter – 595 Townsite Avenue. – 18 emergency shelter beds for men and women, winter months only (November to March)

Emergency food providers

Salvation Army New Hope Centre – 19 Nicol Street – hot meal program lunch and dinner – 250-714-1142

  • MEAL PROGRAM 250-753-0810 (19 Nicol Street) open for lunch and dinner
    Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Supper 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm ($2.00 for hot meals)
    Bread & baked goods avairable during meal times while supplies last.

7-10 Breakfast Club –285 Prideaux Street – 250- 714-0917

  • The 7-10 Club Meal Program provides a hot nutritious breakfast, homemade soup, plus a brown bag lunch to go that is served by community volunteers to those in need during the hours of 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. All meals are offered at no charge. The 7-10 Club Breakfast Program is located in the auditorium of the Community Service Building at 285 Prideaux Street, ( entrance off Fitzwilliam St.).

Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank - 1009 Farquahr Street - 250.754.8347

Satellite food banks in Nanaimo: http://nanaimoloavesandfishes.org/index.php?pageID=schedule

Health services

Harris House Health clinic – 375 Franklyn Street - 250-753-6759

Volunteer options

Nanaimo Working Group on Homelessness

This group of citizens and service providers meet the third Thursday of each month, 11:00 – 1:00 in Nanaimo's City Hall Services and Resource Centre – 411 Dunsmuir street.

For more information contact John Horn, Social Planner, City of Nanaimo at 250-755-4491.

 

 

 

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