Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter & Food Resources




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There are both year-round shelters and seasonal winter shelters servicing the region:

Shelter Locations

Year-Round Shelters

(Open Every Day)





Bus Route

Emergency Response Centre 

(Men and Women 55+)

Limited shelter space available for vulnerable men and women who are medically compromised. The shelter is by referral only. Please call for more information.   Nanaimo 250-753-1474 24 hours  

The Salvation Army, New Hope Centre

(Men Only)

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

Friendship Lelum Youth Safe House

(Youth only)

For at-risk youth from 12 to 18 years of age. No drugs or alcohol allowed on premises.   250-753-8266    

Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter

(Men and Women )

Men, women, pets and storage. No drugs or alcohol permitted on premises. 595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo 250-754-3720 6 p.m. to 7 a.m 1

Winter Shelters and Warming Centres

St Peter's Winter Cold Weather Shelter


Co-ed seasonal shelter, 26 bed capacity. Low barrier, but no drugs or alcohol permitted on premises. Hot dinner and grab and go cold breakfast provided. Open every night. 

Open November 22, 2021 - March 31, 2022

301 Machleary Street, Nanaimo

Direct Line


Shelter Manager 


10 p.m. to 7 a.m. 40

Oceanside Place

Oceanside Area

Temporary shelter with 25 spaces available operated by Oceanside Homelessness Ecumenical Advocacy Response Team Society (OHEARTS). The building has staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individuals staying at the site will have access to daily meals, laundry, shower and hygiene facilities, and support accessing health and wellness services. Confidential Location Oceanside Area 250-228-6904 24 hours  

Risebridge Warmreach


Risebridge Warmreach warming centre is open seven days a week.   43 Commercial St., Nanaimo risebridgeproject [at] gmail.com

5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.


CMHA Warming Centre 


The warming centre has a capacity of 12 people and is open 7 days a week.  489 Wallace St., Nanaimo 250-244-4042 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Caledonia Park Warming Centre 


Operated in partnership between the City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo 7-10 Club Society. The extreme weather day-use shelter has a capacity of 10-12 people and will operate from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on days when cold weather conditions are deemed severe enough to present a threat to human life.  110 Wall St., Nanaimo   8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Table last updated January 4, 2022


People in need of shelter in the Oceanside Area can:

  • Contact OHEARTS intake line at 250-228-6904, by phone or text
  • Connect with the Mid Island Peer Support Help line at 250-248-6478
  • Visit the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen and ask to speak to an OHEARTS outreach worker who can connect people with housing
  • Contact the Society of Organized Services (SOS) at 245 Hirst Ave in Parksville and they will connect people with the OHEARTS Shelter


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.