More than $775,000 invested to combat homelessness in Nanaimo

May 2021 | Funding

This year, Nanaimo will see investments in important programs and support services for people experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo, with the allocation of more than $775,000 funded through the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. 

Funding is provided to Nanaimo through two project streams. For the 2021/2022 fiscal year, these investments will be allocated as:

Nanaimo is a designated community that receives annual funding from the Government of Canada through Reaching Home. United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI), in the third year of a five-year contract, is the Community Entity (CE) for the Reaching Home initiative. As CE, it is the administrator for Federal Government funding and investment. 

UWCNVI received this year’s funding on April 1, 2021 and has already started providing grants to essential programs in our community, such as supportive housing, programs for young Indigenous mothers, tenancy support services and community outreach. Read more about the full list of programs that have received funding for 2021-22.

Additionally, part of these funds will be used to develop a Coordinated Access System (CAS) for Nanaimo. CAS helps people facing homelessness access assistance in a coordinated and standardized way, which connects them with the support they need and places them into housing more efficiently. Nanaimo, as a condition of receiving funds from the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home investment, will need to have CAS in place by March 31, 2022. Learn more about CAS and what it means to our community.

For the previous fiscal year, in addition to the annual Reaching Home funding, Nanaimo also received $1,254,634 in Reaching Home: COVID-19 emergency support funding from the federal government. This additional funding provided grants to programs and services to support our vulnerable populations, such as support groups, warming centres, mental health and training, and more. Read more about the COVID-19 funding investments.

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