New housing will soon be available for those facing and experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo through a partnership project by BC Housing and the City of Nanaimo. Read more
More than 300 new homes are being proposed for people in Nanaimo as a result of a new partnership between BC Housing and the City of Nanaimo. Read more
The Regional District of Nanaimo has received a $125,000 grant from the province to go to creation of a poverty reduction strategy. Read more
The Government of British Columbia is extending the temporary rental supplement (TRS) until the end of August 2020 to continue to support renters and landlords. Read more
BC Housing prepared this fact sheet on the planned Temporary Bridge Housing being developed in Campbell River.
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness published a paper, Homeless & Street-Involved Indigenous LGBTQ2S Youth in British Columbia: Intersectionality, Challenges, and Resilience & Cues for Action. Read here
The Homelessness Services Association of B.C. released a document, Naloxone and COVID-19, outlining the steps to take in responding to an overdose incident in the context of COVID-19. Read here
OrgCode is introducing new resources and online training on housing-focused shelter, street outreach, prevention and diversion. See course offerings
The National Alliance to End Homelessness hosted a webinar in April: Ensuring Racial Equity during the COVID-19 Homelessness Response. Watch pre-recorded webinar. Please note that this is from the US and may not be fully applicable in the Canadian context.
The Mobile Youth Outreach Team
is a no-barrier service addressing the needs of youth experiencing homelessness by delivering free personal hygiene goods, food, harm reduction supplies and survival gear. Read more
The Free Shower Program at Caledonia Park now serves even more people with extended hours. Read more
Young Mothers Transition House at Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre serves young mothers, aged between 18-25, who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. Read more
The Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter
provides overnight respite from the streets, hot meals, a place to connect with others and a warm welcome. Read more
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.
Word On The Street Community Bulletin Board is launching in the Literacy Central Vancouver Island store-front window at 19 Commercial St. in summer 2020. Read more
The Nanaimo Design Labs focused on health and housing were hosted in March 2020. The purpose of the labs was to develop innovative and practical approaches to address the growing number of people facing homelessness in Nanaimo.