Find out about shelters and other supports if you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Emergency Shelters provide short-stay accommodation of 30 days or less.
Emergency Shelters – Open Every Day
Women – Island Crisis Care Society 250 753-1474
355 Nicol Street, Nanaimo
Adult women; and children and youth with Ministry permission (up to 19 for males). Low barrier, but no drugs or alcohol allowed on premises.
Men – The Salvation Army 250 714-1142 New Hope Centre
19 Nicol Street, Nanaimo
Shelter users are not permitted to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No pets. Some storage space available for belongings.
Youth – Friendship Lelum Youth Safe House 250-753-8266
For ‘at risk youth’ between 12 and 18 years old. Low barrier, but no drugs or alcohol allowed on premises.
Extreme / Cold Weather Shelters – November 1 to March 31
Extreme weather shelters are open between November 1 to March 31 when weather conditions may threaten the health and safety of those sleeping outside. Call to check when shelters are open or look for notices posted outside.
Parksville/Qualicum – Island Crisis Care Society located at 223 Mills Street, Parksville
Outdoor kennel for pets. Storage for belongings. Low barrier, but no drugs or alcohol allowed on premises.
Nanaimo – First Unitarian Fellowship Church 250-754-3720 595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo
Pets allowed. Storage for belongings. Low barrier, but no drugs or alcohol permitted on premises.
Need More Help?
Vancouver Island Crisis Line
1 888 494-3888
Crisis, emotional support and help with problem solving
Society of Organized Services
250 248-2093 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville
Supports and services for those facing homelessness in School District 69
Manna Homelessness Society
(Nanoose to Qualicum Bay)
Provide food, essentials and housing referrals for those facing homeless
Forward House Community Society
136 Hirst Avenue, Parksville
Forward House provides adults living with mental health challenges with support and tools they need to enjoy full and independent lives.
HOST – Homelessness Outreach and Support Team
The Host program provides mobile housing support services. Provide services that will support individuals to recover from the effects of mental illness, homelessness, addictions and poverty.
Are you a Victim of Violence or Other Crimes?
If you are homeless or need to leave your home due to violence and other crimes the following organizations offer support, information and referrals to help you find safe housing.
RCMP Victim Services (727 West Island Highway, Parksville) 250-954-2277
Women, Children and Youth Haven Society – Outreach & Community Victims Services
250-248-3500 24-hour Crisis Line 1-888-756-0616 / 250-756-0616 (or 911)
Please call 911 if your safety is at risk
Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services (303 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo) 250-755-3146
Women, Children and Youth Haven Society – Outreach and Community Victims Services
250-756-2452 24-hour Crisis Line 1-888-756-0616 / 250-756-0616 (or 911)
Find More Community Resources
Community Resources Database 1-888-494-3888
In addition to crisis support, the Vancouver Island Crisis Line provides community resource information and access to Mental health Crisis Response Team when appropriate.
Regional District Of Nanaimo