Jan 2021 | Funding
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) and the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy have funded two warming centres to open in the city of Nanaimo between January 18 and March 31.
Warming centres provide a vital respite from cold weather for people experiencing homelessness this winter. Offering a warm space to come indoors, with hot drinks and snacks, warming centres are open from 10am to 4pm at the following locations:
489 Wallace – operated by the Society for Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy, open Monday to Saturday
285 Prideaux – operated by 7-10 Club, open seven days a week
These warming centres are urgently needed as more than 430 people in Nanaimo are living unsheltered according to the March 2020 Point in Time count.
Approximately $110,000 in funding was granted through United Way and the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home Strategy. The funds were directed by the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition for the operational costs associated with running the two warming centres to end homelessness.