To create Oceanside as a community without homelessness and to improve living conditions for people at-risk of homelessness.
Formed in 2010, the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness is working to address homelessness and the issues related to homelessness in School District #69, Vancouver Island. The geographical region includes the area from Nanoose to Deep Bay and inland to Whiskey Creek. As a regional initiative, the City of Parksville, the Town of Qualicum Beach and the Regional District of Nanaimo participate on the steering committee and Task Force with support from the region’s MLA and MP.
Services and support for the homeless in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach region are provided by such organizations and service providers as Island Crisis Care Society, Society of Organized Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Forward House Community Society and our local churches. The Salvation Army operates the local food bank and Manna Homeless Society offers emergency supplies to homeless in the Oceanside region. If you would like to help, a list of needed supplies is provided here.