Nanaimo’s Homelessness Coalition

The Homelessness Coalition is made up of non-profit societies, representatives from the three levels of government, faith groups and community members who have an interest in developing and carrying out solutions to homelessness. They meet on the third Thursday of each month, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street).

They make recommendations to the Community Entity (United Way of Central Vancouver Island) about funding provided by the federal government to Nanaimo under the Homeless Partnering Strategy. They also coordinate services to the homeless, conducts research and collects data relevant to this issue. The most recent initiative completed by the Coalition was a point-in-time count of homeless individuals (2016-FEB-09).  The next scheduled point-in-time count of homelessness individuals will take place on 2018-APR-18.

Nanaimo Coalition on Homelessness – Homelessness in Nanaimo 2018-2023 Action Plan

Homeless Census

The Coalition completed censuses of homeless in April 2005, November 2005, July 2006 and September 2007. Teams of volunteers canvassed homeless individuals in local shelter facilities, public spaces in the downtown core, Old City Quarter and selected outlying areas. Information was gathered on individuals' gender, age, ethnicity, observed health issues, family status, sources of income and length of residency in Nanaimo. For the purposes of the censuses, homeless individuals were defined as those who did not have a permanent residence they could return to whenever they chose.

Emergency Shelters

Salvation Army New Hope Centre

(19 Nicol Street) 250-714-1142

Has 24 emergency shelter beds available for men. 

Island Crisis Care Society Samaritan House

(30 Nicol Street) 250-753-5580

Has 21 emergency shelter beds available for women.       

 Extreme Weather Shelter First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo

(595 Townsite Avenue)

Has 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) 250-714-1142 / 250-753-0810

Meal program open for lunch and dinner. Bread & baked goods available during meal times while supplies last. Lunch is served from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Supper is served from 4:00 to 5:30 pm ($2.00 for hot meals). 

 7-10 Breakfast Club

(285 Prideaux Street in the Community Service Building - entrance off Fitzwilliam St) 250- 714-0917

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.

 Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank

(1009 Farquahr Street) 250-754-8347

List of satellite food banks available at http://nanaimoloavesandfishes.org/index.php?pageID=schedule.


Health Services

 Harris House Health Clinic

 (375 Franklyn Street) 250-753-6759

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Last updated: March 15, 2018

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