Prideaux Place opens its doors

Nov 2020 | Community Profiles

The first residents of the women’s section of Prideaux Place have moved in. Prideaux Place is an Emergency Response Centre for people facing homelessness who are medically compromised. It’s operated by Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS).

Located in the City of Nanaimo’s old Community Services building on Prideaux St., Prideaux Place is a temporary location, until the permanent larger facility is completed at 702 Nicol St in Spring 2021.

It offers bridge to housing and supportive housing, serving 20 women on the upper two floors and 15 men on the lower floor. The men’s and women’s areas are completely separate, with different entrances. Residents have 24/7 support services, meals, outreach workers and Island Health support workers. There’s also a library and space for recreational activities.

“These wrap-around services are so important for our residents. It provides the supports they need to gain stability in their lives, and to help get ready to move to more permanent housing,” explains Violet Hayes, Executive Director of ICCS.

The Coordinated Access Committee meets weekly to triage people who need to move into Prideaux Place. The men’s section is expected to open later in November.

ICCS is an active member of Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, and is working towards our shared goal of reducing and ending homelessness in Nanaimo. For more information about ICCS visit:

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