There are four year-round shelters and four winter shelters servicing the region:
Year-Round Shelters (Open Every Day)
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.
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
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.
Men and Women - Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter
Men, women, pets and storage. No drugs or alcohol permitted on premises.
595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
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
8:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
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
8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Oceanside Area - Emergency Response Centre
Contact OHEART for availability and further information
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.