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Nanaimo Homeless Coalition News

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Homelessness Outreach with Canadian Mental Health Association

August 2020
Street Reach, the homelessness outreach program at Canadian Mental Health Association Mid-Island Branch (CMHA), focuses on two areas: outreach and providing rent subsidies.
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LGBTQ2S+ youth overrepresented in Canada’s homeless youth population

August 2020
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.
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Over 300 New Affordable Homes Being Built in Nanaimo

July 2020
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.
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Word on the Street Community Bulletin Board

July 2020
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.
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Community Profile: Overdose Prevention Site

July 2020
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.
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Nanaimo Design Labs

June 2020
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...
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Community Profile: Unitarian Shelter

June 2020
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.
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Community Profile: Young Mothers Transition House

June 2020
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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Community Profile: Free Shower Program

June 2020
The Free Shower Program at Caledonia Park now serves even more people with extended hours; 7am – 12 noon, Monday to Friday.
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Community Profile: Mobile Youth Outreach Team

May 2020
This no-barrier outreach service is addressing the needs of youth experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo by delivering free personal hygiene goods, food, harm reduction supplies and survival gear.
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Register your Organization with HelpSeeker

May 2020
Do you work for a charity, non-profit or government organization that helps people in Nanaimo? Help your clients find you when they need you by registering your org on HelpSeeker. Learn more...
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COVID-19 Information for Service Providers

April 2020
Funding, resources and programs that have become available from senior levels of government for service providers.