Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter Resources

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

Year-Round Shelters (Open Every Day)





Bus Route

Women - Island Crisis Care Society, Samaritan House Adult women, plus children and youth with ministry permission (males up to 19 years). No drugs or alcohol allowed on premises. 355 Nicol Street, Nanaimo 250-753-1474 24 hours 7
Men - The Salvation Army, New Hope Centre Shelter users not permitted to be under influence of drugs or alcohol. No pets. Some storage available for belongings. 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 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. 1

Winter Shelter (Open November 25, 2019  to March 31, 2020) 

Nanaimo - St. Peter's Church No drugs or alcohol permitted on premises. 301 Machleary Street, Nanaimo
(Entrance at Back)
250-753-3570 6:00 p.m.to 7:00 a.m. 40

To learn more about shelters and other supports available in the region, visit RDN Affordable Housing or call 250-390-6510.

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.