In response to the Health & Housing Task Force draft action plan presentation to City Council on Monday, December 14, 2020

Nanaimo Homeless Coalition is very pleased that the City of Nanaimo passed a motion to allocate $480K per year, for the next five years, to support recommendations and initiatives coming out of the Health and Housing Action Plan from the City’s 2021-2025 Financial Plan.

We appreciate the City taking homelessness seriously and taking immediate action. We know the issue is much larger than the 433 people counted at the 2020 Point-in-Time count.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of people at-risk of homelessness. Roughly 6000 people are living on the brink of homelessness in Nanaimo. Many people are living paycheque to paycheque and are only one month away from losing their homes.

This commitment from the City of Nanaimo is one piece of the required support. The action plan indicates $65.5 million over five years is needed to provide adequate housing. Further commitment and alignment from key players like BC Housing and Island Health is essential if we are to truly make a difference. Support is also required by all levels of government, service providers and the public.

This draft action plan is a step towards ensuring our most vulnerable neighbours have access to safe, stable housing. The final version of this report will be completed by January 2021 and will propose action to support our neighbours who are living unsheltered.