Nanaimo's Response to Homelessness Action Plan

The City of Nanaimo is committed to addressing the key social issues facing our community, including homelessness. The municipalities response to homelessness is spelled out in Nanaimo's Response to Homelessness Action Plan (2008). Companion documents to the Homelessness Action Plan:

Supported Housing Projects arising from the Homelessness Action Plan and the MOU agreed with the Province of BC; Wesley Street, Uplands Drive and Boundary Crescent

437 Wesley Street

The low barrier supported housing project at 437 Wesley Street has 36 bachelor apartments and provides permanent, supported, safe and affordable housing to formerly homeless men and women. This facility is operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Mid Island Branch.

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6025 Uplands Drive

The low barrier supported housing project at 6025 Uplands Drive has 33 bachelor apartments and provides permanent, supported, safe and affordable housing to formerly homeless men and women. This facility is operated by Pacifica Housing Society.

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1597 Boundary Crescent

The low barrier supported housing project at 1597 Boundary Crescent has 41 bachelor apartments and provides permanent, supported, safe and affordable housing to formerly homeless men and women and women fleeing domestic violence. This facility is operated by Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society, Vancouver Island Mental Health Society and Haven Society.

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477 Tenth Street

477 Tenth Street provides 18 units of affordable housing for aboriginal youth and elders, and is managed by Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre.

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Affordable Housing

The City of Nanaimo’s 2008 Official Community Plan (OCP) “planNanaimo” identifies the objective “to provide opportunities for affordable housing”.  A good example is the 20 unit affordable housing project at Bowen and Meredith roads; the land was provided by the City and some of the costs associated with the development were paid for from the City’s Housing Legacy Reserve Fund including the Development Cost Charges, the costs of providing municipal services to the site and frontage upgrades such as sidewalks and streetlights.  This project was also supported by the Canadian Home Builders Association, Nanaimo chapter, who made a significant financial contribution to the project. Capital and operating dollars were provided by BC Housing.

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Last updated: June 22, 2017

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