Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter & Food Resources

Shelter and Food Brochure

Shelter Poster

Oceanside: A Guide to Local Agencies and Services (contact RDN for full-bleed file for professional printing)

There are four year-round shelters and two winter shelters servicing the region:

Year-Round Shelters (Open Every Day)





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Women - Island Crisis Care Society, Samaritan House Adult women, plus children and youth with ministry permission (males up to 19 years). No drugs or alcohol allowed on premises. 355 Nicol Street, Nanaimo 250-753-1474 24 hours 7
Men - The Salvation Army, New Hope Centre Shelter is behaviour based, however, drugs or alcohol may not be consumed on premises. Limited number of pets allowed. Some storage space available for belongings, including carts. 19 Nicol Street, Nanaimo 250-714-1142 24 hours 1, 5, 6, 20, 30, 40, 50
Youth - Friendship Lelum Youth Safe House For at-risk youth from 12 to 18 years of age. No drugs or alcohol allowed on premises.   250-753-8266    
Men and Women - Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter Men, women, pets and storage. No drugs or alcohol permitted on premises. 595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo 250-754-3720 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. 1

Winter Shelters (Open November 25, 2019  to March 31, 2020) 

Nanaimo - The Centre Winter Shelter No drugs or alcohol permitted on premises. 301 Machleary Street, Nanaimo
(Entrance at Side Door)
250-734-1969 6:00 p.m.to 7:00 a.m. 40
Oceanside Area - Rotating Shelters Meet at the Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army daily at 5 p.m. to be taken to shelter location. 187 Alberni Hwy 250-248-8794 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. 88, 91

Table last updated December 2019

For those experiencing ongoing homelessness, the Homelessness Outreach and Support Team, 250-741-7645, is there to help.

If you are in crisis and need help, contact Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888.