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.
* Call 911 if your safety is at risk.
Oceanside (Parksville Qualicum Beach) Area
Cold Weather Shelter – Men, Women and Families
Parksville – A shelter is currently NOT confirmed for this winter (as of Dec. 2, 2020).
In the absence of a local shelter check this Regional District of Nanaimo listing of shelters in Nanaimo.
Vancouver Island Crisis Line:
1-888-494-3888 – Crisis, emotional support and help with problem solving.
Manna Homelessness Society: Nanoose Bay to Qualicum Bay: 250-248-0845 – Food, essentials and housing referrals for those facing homeless.
The Salvation Army:
886 Wembley Rd.: 250-248-8793 – Food, clothing, household items.
The Salvation Army Soup Kitchen:
187 Alberni Hwy, Parksville (across from the fire hall)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Stephen’s United Church:
150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach
Lunch on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Society of Organized Services: 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville: 250-248-2093 – Supports and services for those facing homelessness in School District 69. Clothing, food, income tax, medical needs, transportation.
Forward House Community Society: 136 Hirst Avenue, Parksville: 250-954-0785 – Forward House provides adults living with mental health challenges with support and tools they need to enjoy full and independent lives.
Oceanside Health Centre: Mental Health and Substance Use Team: 250-951-9550 – Island Health’s Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville provides services such as urgent care, primary care, medical imaging, outpatient laboratory services, Telehealth and integrated community care teams.
Are you a Victim of Violence or Other Crimes?
If you are homeless or need to leave your home due to violence or other crimes, the following organizations offer support, information and referrals to help you find safe housing:
RCMP Victim Services: 727 West Island Highway, Parksville:
Women, Children and Youth Haven Society (Parksville): Outreach & Community Victims Services: 250-248-3500
24-hour Crisis Line: 1-888-756-0616 / 250-756-0616
– See Nanaimo shelters link at top of page
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.
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