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We bring together non-profit organizations, governments and concerned citizens to support each other in our work to end homelessness.

Lack of Affordable Housing

Ideally, less than 30% of your income is spent on housing. Almost half (47.4%) of Nanaimo’s renters spend more than 30% of their income on housing.

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Nanaimo Health & Housing Action Plan

There are almost 8,000 people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness every year in Nanaimo. This is how our community plans to take action.

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Health Needs are High

Many people experiencing homelessness are facing health challenges; 61% have a mental health challenge, 41% have a medical issue and 24% have an acquired brain injury.

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An overdose advisory has been issued by Island Health for Nanaimo. Please use safely, and share this message widely.

#Nanaimo #NanaimoHomelessCoalitionPlease Share: An Overdose Advisory has been issued for Nanaimo.

Resources for safer use are available:

~ Overdose prevention services are available throughout Vancouver Island: www.islandhealth.ca/our-locations/overdose-prevention-supervised-consumption-locations

~ If you’re alone, you can try the LifeguardApp on your phone at www.lifeguarddh.com, try the Brave App on your phone at www.thebraveapp.com or contact the National Overdose Response Service at 1-888-688-6677.

~ You can check your drugs through getyourdrugstested.com or other drug checking services (drugcheckingbc.ca/drug-checking-sites/island-health)

~ To find services and supports in your area, contact the Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service: 1-800-663-1441

~ KUU-US toll free crisis line: 1-800-588-8717 (24/7 crisis response services for Indigenous people across BC)

~ Tsow-Tun Le Lum counselling and cultural support line: 1-888-403-3123 (M-F 8 am-8 pm; Sat-Sun 10 am-2 pm) www.tsowtunlelum.org

~ FNHA’s Nasal Naloxone training video: www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/mental-wellness-and-substance-use/overdose-information/get-help

~ Access harm reduction services and information at towardtheheart.com
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An overdose advisory has been issued by Island Health for Nanaimo. Please use safely, and share this message widely. 

#Nanaimo #NanaimoHomelessCoalition

We can’t wait for opening day at 702 Nichol Street! This vital supportive housing building will house folks experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The project was funded by BC Housing and will be operated by Island Crisis Care Society. Both organizations are NHC members. ⭐

Read all about it on our blog: ow.ly/T2XP50GyZmy

#Nanaimo #NanaimoBC #EndHomelessness #Homelessness #SupportiveHousing #NanaimoHomelessCoalition
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We cant wait for opening day at 702 Nichol Street! This vital supportive housing building will house folks experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The project was funded by BC Housing and will be operated by Island Crisis Care Society. Both organizations are NHC members. ⭐

Read all about it on our blog: http://ow.ly/T2XP50GyZmy

#Nanaimo #NanaimoBC #EndHomelessness #Homelessness #SupportiveHousing #NanaimoHomelessCoalition

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When the folks currently at the Community Center on Fitzwilliam move in here will it be full ? Can BC Housing please keep that building going as well, over the winter at least, to house the many still on our streets and in dire need of shelter? It was renovated into an emergency home when Covid hit and everyone from the demolished Samaritan house went there as well. It seems heartless to demolish the building when the beds are so desperatley needed . BC Housing has a 60 year lease on the lot and plans to demolish and rebuild.

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Who We Are

Together, we work to end Homelessness while diminishing the harm it causes to individuals and the community.

We unite the organizations, citizens and governments that support our community’s most vulnerable residents.

Nanaimo’s Affordable Housing The Cost of Homelessness

The Facts

Homelessness
In Nanaimo.

433+

People experiencing homelessness

77%

Have been homeless for
more than six months

71%

Are from Nanaimo

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