Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter & Food Resources

Shelter and Food Brochure

Shelter Poster

Oceanside: A Guide to Local Agencies and Services (contact RDN for full-bleed file for professional printing)

There are four year-round shelters and one winter shelter servicing the region:

Year-Round Shelters (Open Every Day)





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Women and Men - Emergency Response Centre - The shelter is by referral only. Please call for more information Limited shelter space available for vulnerable men and women who are medically compromised.  Nanaimo 778-441-4227 24 hours  
Men - The Salvation Army, New Hope Centre Shelter is behaviour based, however, drugs or alcohol may not be consumed on premises. Limited number of pets allowed. Some storage space available for belongings, including carts. 19 Nicol Street, Nanaimo 250-714-1142 24 hours 1, 5, 6, 20, 30, 40, 50
Youth - Friendship Lelum Youth Safe House For at-risk youth from 12 to 18 years of age. No drugs or alcohol allowed on premises.   250-753-8266    
Men and Women - Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter Men, women, pets and storage. No drugs or alcohol permitted on premises. 595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo 250-754-3720 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. 1

Winter Shelters (Open November 15, 2020  to March 31, 2021) 

Nanaimo - St Peter's Winter Cold Weather Shelter 24 bed capacity. No drugs or alcohol permitted on premises. Open every night.  301 Machleary Street, Nanaimo
778-441-2568 8:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. 40
Oceanside Area  No shelters available at this time. Please check back at a later date for further information and updates.         

Table last updated November 2020

For those experiencing ongoing homelessness, the Homelessness Outreach Response Team, 250-741-7645, is there to help.

If you are in crisis and need help, contact Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888.