Permanent Supportive Housing

Supportive housing assists people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, with the goal of promoting long-term health and wellbeing for both the residents and the overall community. Supportive housing is suitable for individuals with varying health and personal challenges and needs. People fall into homelessness due to a variety of circumstances, supportive housing tailors its response to clients, to help them maintain their housing. Non-profit housing operators provide on-site, non-clinical supports, such as life-skills training, and connections to primary health care, mental health or substance use services.

The Nanaimo Affordable Housing Strategy, adopted by Council on SEPT-17-2019, set a target for Nanaimo to develop 200-240 new supportive housing units by 2028, in addition to 600 new affordable rental units and 120 new rent supplements. The 2018 Point-in-Time Homelessness Count found there are 335 absolute homeless individuals in Nanaimo. The City is currently actively working with our partners to meet the targets set by the Affordable Housing Strategy.

 Related Links:

Landmark MOU between the City of Nanaimo and BC Housing

Health and Housing Action Plan

Plan to end Homelessness (2018-2023)

Last updated: August 22, 2022

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