In April 1990, a group of community members met to discuss the growing need for affordable rental accommodation for families and singles in Nanaimo. Resulting from this meeting, a non-profit society was formed and the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society (NAHS) was incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia on May 31, 1990. The Society then applied and received registered charity status from Revenue Canada. All donations to the work of the Society are tax deductible.
In 1995 the Society secured funding for a community housing registry and sponsored a project called, Community Housing Services. After a few years, funding was not renewed and operations were taken over by the Volunteer and Information Services Bureau.
As well as developing and operating housing, NAHS has played an ongoing active role in the overall housing sector in Nanaimo – consulting, mentoring, participating in public forums, liaising with other community groups around the north island, and lobbying various levels of government for housing resources.
1597 Boundary Crescent has 24/7 support staffing provided by Vancouver Island Mental Health Society and Haven Society.
A new complex is now under development which, when completed, will add an additional 140 units for seniors at the Buttertubs site. Phase 1, 80 units, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.