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 four winter shelters servicing the region:

Year-Round Shelters (Open Every Day)





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Women and Men - Emergency Response Centre - The shelter is by referral only. Please call for more information Limited shelter space available for vulnerable men and women who are medically compromised.  Nanaimo 778-441-4227 24 hours  
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 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. 1

Winter Shelters (Open November 15, 2020  to March 31, 2021) 

Nanaimo - St Peter's Winter Cold Weather Shelter 24 bed capacity. No drugs or alcohol permitted on premises. Open every night.  301 Machleary Street, Nanaimo
778-441-2568 8:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. 40
Nanaimo - Society for Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy and the 7-10 Club Warming centres will be able to accommodate 10-15 people at a time. Wallace Street location is open Monday to Saturday and the Prideaux location will be open seven days a week. Hot drinks and snacks will be available. 489 Wallace Street and 285 Prideaux Street 250-753-2321 / 250-714-0917 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 7, 30, 40
Oceanside Area - Anglican Church of St. Edmund 8 bed capacity. Guests will receive clean bed, food and access to a washroom. 407 Wembley Road 250-927-2717 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.  40, 91
Oceanside Area - Emergency Response Centre Contact OHEART for availability and further information   250-927-2717    

Table last updated February 23, 2021

For those experiencing ongoing homelessness, the Homelessness Outreach Response 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.