Services and Supports

This page provides a short-list of the emergency shelter, nutrition and hygiene services available to residents of Nanaimo. For a full list of low and no-cost support services available in the city of Nanaimo, please refer to the Surviving in Nanaimo guide.

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 Association
    (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:

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

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.

Last updated: May 24, 2019

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