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 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, conduct research and collect data relevant to this issue.

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

Homeless Census

 The Coalition has conducted a number of censuses of homeless individuals, most recently in April 2018. 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

RDN Regional Housing Resource List:

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

(355 Nicol Street) 250-753-1474

Has 14 emergency shelter beds available for women.       

Winter Shelter First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo

(595 Townsite Road)  250-754-3720

Has 30 emergency shelter beds for men and women, winter months only (November to March).

The Centre Shelter (Co-Ed) - Nanaimo Women's Resources Society and the Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy Associatoin

(St. Peter's Church, 301 Machleary Street)  Coordinator 250-268-6151 or Shelter 250-268-6150

Has 35 shelter beds for men and women, winter months only (December to March)

Friendship Lelum Youth Safe House


Co-ed, year-round shelter for 'at-risk youth' between 12-18 years.

Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) shelter and housing support information:

Click the links below:

RDN Emergency Shelter Brochure:


RDN Regional Housing Resource List:



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 Farquhar Street) 250-754-8347

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


Hygiene Services

Shower Program - City of Nanaimo/First Unitarian Shelter

Caledonia Park (110 Wall Street)


Free showers available - Monday to Friday, 7 am to 10 am

Towels and toiletries are supplied.

Portable Toilets

Several portable toilets have been located downtown for the convenience of residents, visitors and homeless individuals.

Health Services

 Harris House Health Clinic

 (375 Franklyn Street) 250-753-6759

Contact Us

Community and Cultural Planning 250-755-4464

John Horn Social Planner

Last updated: March 21, 2019

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