The 2020 Nanaimo Point-in-Time Homeless Count final data was presented to Nanaimo City Council, highlighting the dire need for increased affordable housing and improved services for those facing homelessness. The number of people experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo continues to grow, despite efforts to end homelessness.
The Province of British Columbia announced that BC’s second navigation centre will be located in Nanaimo. The approximately 60-bed centre will be referral only and provide integrated clinical health supports, as well as culturally appropriate services for Indigenous peoples.
The draft Health and Housing Action Plan is now undergoing a validation process with engaged community members.
The City of Nanaimo’s Health and Housing Task Force, the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, and United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island have partnered to develop a 5-year Health and Housing Action Plan (HHAP) to address health and housing priorities.
A draft of the HHAP has been created from information gleaned through a series of Health and Housing Design Labs, a comprehensive needs assessment on social and health issues in Nanaimo and the results of the Nanaimo Point-in-Time Homeless Count.
A new investment by BC Housing will create over 300 new affordable homes in Nanaimo, including new permanent, purpose-built supportive homes for people experiencing homelessness and new affordable rental homes for individuals, seniors and families.
Turner Strategies, the City of Nanaimo’s Council-led Health and Housing Task Force, the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, and United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island host a series of health and housing design labs to develop innovative and practical approaches to address the growing number of people facing homelessness in Nanaimo. The findings of these labs will be incorporated into a new strategy.
Led by the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, Nanaimo Region John Howard Society, and United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, the Nanaimo 2020 Point-in-Time Homeless Count was conducted by trained volunteers, surveyed individuals staying in shelters, short-term housing and sleeping rough on the streets as part of the National Point-in-Time Homeless Count.
The Health and Housing Task Force, with United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, and the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, partnered with consultant Turner Strategies to help implement a Coordinated Access System for Nanaimo, as required by Government of Canada’s Reaching Home, Canada’s Homeless Strategy to be in place in Nanaimo by 2022.
Nanaimo City Council approved the creation of a City-led Health and Housing Task Force to facilitate the implementation of these two plans. Nanaimo receives annual funding from the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home, Canada’s Homeless Strategy, which is allocated by the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition to local non-profits working to end homelessness.
The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition meets regularly to research, plan and share information on how to better serve Nanaimo’s at-risk residents.
BC Housing provided temporary supportive housing with approximately 80 units located in the 200 block of Terminal Avenue North (Newcastle Place) and approximately 90 units located at 2020 Labieux (Nikao).
BC Housing invested $5.1 million and the City of Nanaimo invested over $1 million. In 2018, Nanaimo’s Action Plan to End Homelessness was developed by the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition and endorsed by Nanaimo City Council. At the same time, the City adopted an Affordable Housing Strategy aimed at increasing housing options for all residents.