Nanaimo Homeless Coalition

Uniting the organizations, citizens and governments that support our most vulnerable residents.

Together, we work to end homelessness while diminishing the harm it causes to individuals and community.

By bringing together the many organizations working to address homelessness, we are more impactful and effective in our approach.


COVID-19 response for vulnerable populations

On April 1, 2020, the City of Nanaimo held an emergency, special council meeting to discuss some of the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on our community. One of the priority concerns is the management of the vulnerable population in Nanaimo in light of the crisis.

At that meeting, it was identified that the City of Nanaimo is working with Island Health and BC Housing to assist in planning for accommodating those experiencing homelessness who may need to be isolated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Health and Housing Task Force will reconvene and work with the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition to identify strategies to assist those experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full news release from the City, here.


SERVICE PROVIDER UPDATES: The latest information on which programs and services are operational in Nanaimo.

MESSAGE FROM MP PAUL MANLY: Information and updates on relief programs and funding from the Federal Government



Message from MP Paul Manly

My team has been following all of the updates and have compiled a chart for quick and easy access to the different relief programs available.

Status of NHC Member Service Agencies during COVID-19

An update on the operations and services for those facing homelessness and housing insecurity, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Community Profile: Island Crisis Care Society

ICCS has been providing shelter and care for those in need in Nanaimo and Oceanside since the 1980s. Learn more about how it's helping people with crisis stabilization and housing in Nanaimo.

Community Profile: Salvation Army New Hope Centre

Since 1888, the Salvation Army has been providing essential services to the people who need it the most in Nanaimo. Learn more about how their work has evolved and the impact they're having today.

Stakeholder Engagement: Health & Housing Design Labs

To better address Nanaimo's critical social issues, a series of solutions-based workshops on health, housing and homelessness will be held this march. Learn more about the Design Labs.

Nanaimo Community Action Team - Community Grants

The Nanaimo CAT is launching a small community grant process with one goal in mind: To reduce use of substances, overdoses, deaths and trauma related to opioid use through the work of innovative community-led initiatives for supportive environments.

Community Profile: Vancouver Island Mental Health Society

Since 1977, Vancouver Island Mental Health Society has acted as both a refuge and a lifeline for Nanaimo’s most vulnerable. Operating a continuum of housing, they help people in need at all levels; from rehabilitation to semi-independent living.

Nanaimo Point-in-Time Count: Seeking Volunteers & Donations

Nanaimo's 2020 Point-in-Time count will gather information and data about those affected by homelessness. It's a huge undertaking that requires the support of our community!

Join us on Social Media

More information, resources and news about homelessness in Nanaimo


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Take a look at our five-year plan

Nanaimo's Action Plan to End Homelessness was developed by the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition
and endorsed by the City of Nanaimo.


Learn more about the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition



The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition offers guidance and direction on the delivery of services for our most at-risk residents, by bringing together the many organizations working to address homelessness.

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