About Us


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.

Our Current Housing

  • Albion Place – 17 units of family townhouses – 1996
  • 350 Prideaux St. – 20 1BR units for single adults – 1997
  • 153 Wallace St. – 24 1 BR units for single adults – 2005
  • 2104 Bowen Rd. – 20 1BR units for single adults – 2008
  • Buttertubs Place – 82 units for seniors – acquired 2015
  • 1597 Boundary Cres. – 41 units for single adults facing homelessness – 2016
350 Prideaux St. and 153 Wallace offer tenant support for persons with psychiatric disability as well as other individuals with other permanent disabilities.

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.

Board of Directors 2016-17

  • Marianne Erb, President
  • David Moddle, Vice-President
  • Emeka Udeagha, Treasurer
  • Andrea Blakeman, Secretary
  • Jim Akitt
  • Angela Douglas
  • Cindy Koutecky
  • Josephine McNeilly
  • Heather Sanrud
  • Christopher Schuld

The NAHS Staff

  • Jim Spinelli, Executive Director
  • Doug Creba, Manager, Property Operations
  • Judy Walsh, PhD Manager, Tenant Relations & Buttertubs complex
  • Dennie Swanson, Manager, Food Services