New shelter in Nanaimo offering additional options to escape the freezing cold | NanaimoNews NOW


Demand for the shelter was high, with 12 users taking advantage of the site on Monday, including 18 spending time indoors on Tuesday December 28 and Wednesday December 29.

The city-funded space is in addition to two other facilities on Wallace Street, operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association, and Commercial Street operated by the Rise Bridge Project.

A day warming center opened in early December through the Society for Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy, but was forced to close a week after it started operating after the company’s funding was reportedly stolen by a former employee.

There are three night options left in Nanaimo, with St. Peter’s Church on Machleary Street offering 24 beds from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. until the end of March.

These beds are operated through a partnership between the Nanaimo Family Life Association and the local chapter of the John Howard Society.

Year round emergency accommodation options are also available at the Unitarian Shelter on Townsite Rd. And the New Hope Center on Nicol St.

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