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Apr 2021 | Housing

New permanent housing being built in South Nanaimo by summer 2021

Artist’s rendering of supportive housing building to be built at 702 Nicol St., Nanaimo

Nanaimo supportive housing advocates rejoice as construction begins this week on a new 59-unit building at 702 Nicol St., with an expected completion date by end of summer 2021.

This is the first of four new supportive housing projects announced last summer, of which there will be about 300 units built in total, with support from the Government of British Columbia and the City of Nanaimo, to provide affordable permanent housing for Nanaimo’s vulnerable population.

There will be 52 studio suites available for people experiencing homelessness, and an additional seven units with two beds each exclusively for vulnerable women. Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) will manage the building and provide residents with 24/7 supports including meals, laundry services and access to mental health and wellness.

“ICCS is proud to be at the forefront of this collaboration, which will help many people on their road to recovery and independence,” said Violet Hayes, ICCS’s executive director.

We’re so glad to see the efforts of our NHC member agencies and governments in bringing together permanent supportive housing to support the vulnerable populations in Nanaimo.

Learn more about the future investments to address the homelessness crisis in Nanaimo’s new Health and Housing Action Plan.

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