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


INFORMATION FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS: Updates on resources and investments from senior levels of government.


BC NON-PROFIT IMPACT SURVEY: How has COVID-19 impacted your organization? Where do you need funding and support? From Vancouver Foundation


Homelessness Outreach with Canadian Mental Health Association

Street Reach, the homelessness outreach program at Canadian Mental Health Association Mid-Island Branch (CMHA), focuses on two areas: outreach and providing rent subsidies.

LGBTQ2S+ youth overrepresented in Canada’s homeless youth population

LGBTQ2S+ youth experience higher levels of homelessness than their peers. It’s estimated that between 25-40 per cent of youth experiencing homelessness in Canada identify as LGBTQ2S+ compared to 10 per cent of non-homeless youth.

Over 300 New Affordable Homes Being Built in Nanaimo

New housing will soon be available for those facing and experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo through a partnership project announced yesterday by BC Housing and the City of Nanaimo.

Word on the Street Community Bulletin Board

Literacy Central Vancouver Island is launching the Word On The Street Community Bulletin Board in their store-front window at 19 Commercial St. (the front of Well Read Books) in summer 2020.

Community Profile: Overdose Prevention Site

The Overdose Prevention Site saves lives. It provides onsite observation for intravenous opioid consumption, access to resources and drug testing for the presence of fentanyl.

Nanaimo Design Labs

A series of Design Labs focused on health and housing were hosted in March 2020 to develop innovative and practical approaches to address the growing number of people facing homelessness in Nanaimo. Learn more about what we heard...

Community Profile: Unitarian Shelter

Since 2008, men and women have found overnight respite from the streets, a place to connect with others and a warm welcome at the Unitarian Shelter in Nanaimo.

Community Profile: Young Mothers Transition House

The Young Mothers Transition House serves young mothers, aged between 18-25, who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. With an average stay of three months, the goal is for each family to transition into safe and stable housing.

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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.

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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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