Housing Options

Social Housing in Nanaimo

All the social housing projects in Nanaimo are operated by non-profit societies or local service clubs. For most of the projects, subsidies are provided through BC Housing although many senior’s projects are now considered “low end of market” as they no longer are subsidized. Generally, tenants never pay more than 30% of their gross income for rent. Listings for all social housing projects in Nanaimo and around the province can be found through BC Housing’s website: www.bchousing.org

Family Housing

NAHS owns and operates Albion Place located at 510 Pine St. and Quarterway (previously Lion’s Housing) at 1612 Bowen Road in Nanaimo. Albion Place has This complex has 17 units of 2,3,4BR townhouse units. Quarterway has 22 units of 2,3 and 4 BR townhouse style units as well as 3 1BR units. Applicants for both projects must have dependent children (minimum 40% legal custody) to qualify for subsidized family housing.

Applications for these projects are available by calling 1-800-257-7756 or on the internet at www.bchousing.org and should be returned to the BC Housing directly.

You can also fill out the printable applications on-line here.

For a full list of family housing options in Nanaimo, please visit the BC Housing website: Family Listings [click here] *Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

All projects have a waiting list and there is no emergency housing available at any of the complexes. Most of the complexes are townhouse style and only the project at 3rd and Howard allows cats and dogs. For the complexes run by Pacifica Housing, and for the project at 3rd and Howard, tenant selection is also done through the Provincial Housing Registry.

For the M’Akola aboriginal family complexes, applicants should contact the providers directly.

M’Akola Housing – 250-756-4217

Rental Assistance Program: This program is designed for low-income working families with children under 19 years of age. The program reimburses between 25-50% of the difference between 30% of your income and your rent, subject to a maximum rent level.

All members of the household must be either a Canadian Citizen, landed immigrant or refugee claimant.  Families receiving BC Benefits are not eligible for this program.

Applications can be obtained directly from BC Housing, either by phone, 1-800-257-7756 or by visiting their website at www.bchousing.org/programs/RAP.

Housing for Single Adults

NAHS operates the only housing project for independent single adults in Nanaimo located at 2104 Bowen Rd. The complex offers 20 subsidized, 1-bedroom apartments. There are no fully accessible units and no emergency housing is available.

How to Apply: Applications can be obtained directly from BC Housing, either by visiting their website here  or printing out the application here or by phone at 1-800-257-7756. Applicants are offered units based on availability, need, and good references.

For more information on this project: click here.

Housing for Single Adults with Supports

Nanaimo Affordable Housing runs two permanent, independent housing complexes for single adults with permanent disabilities who benefit from staff support. The projects are located at 350 Prideaux Street and 153 Wallace Street. No emergency housing is available.

Eligibility: Individuals must be receiving permanent disability benefits from either the Provincial or Federal Government and demonstrate need for supported housing. Health referrals are required. Rent is based on the current shelter allowance set by the Provincial Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance.

Due to low turn-over, vacancies are filled by referral only when units come available. No applications are taken in advance.

NAHS also owns and operates a 41unit housing complex for single adults who have been street homeless or women fleeing domestic or street violence. This project is located at 1597 Boundary Crescent in Nanaimo. 24/7 staffing is provided by Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS) and Haven Society. Application and referral information can be obtained at 250-741-0229.

Wesley Street

Mid Island Canadian Mental Health Association operates a 36 unit complex located at 437 Wesley Street in Nanaimo for previously street homeless adults. Support staffing is available 24/7. Further information can be obtained from CMHA @ 250-591-3999.

Uplands Walk

Operated by Pacifica Housing, Victoria, this a 33 unit housing project for older single adults who have been street homeless, located at 6025 Uplands Drive in Nanaimo. Support staffing is provided 24/7. Further information can be obtained from Pacifica Housing @ 250-933-1940 www.pacificahousing.ca

There are other housing services available to persons with special needs in the community. Those services are accessible directly from the Provincial Ministries or agencies responsible for providing services for persons dealing with developmental, psychiatric or addiction issues.

Youth Housing

Nanaimo Youth Services (NYSA) runs staff-supported transitional housing for young persons between the ages of 16 – 19 at 1001 Waddington Road. The complex has 6 one-bedroom units for single parent teens, 13 bachelor suites, and 1 access unit for a youth with a physical disability.

NYSA also operates a large home which provides 14 to 16 apartments for employed youth. There is a live-in resident manager to provide support to the residents.

Website:  www.nysa.bc.ca

Interested applicants should contact NYSA directly 250-754-1989.

Senior’s Housing

*** Applications are only accepted from singles or couples who are 65 years of age or older for all NAHS Seniors’ Complexes ***

Since 2015, NAHS has operated Buttertubs Place, an 82 unit senior’s affordable market housing complex located at 10, 11 &15 Buttertubs Drive in Nanaimo. A meal program, housekeeping services, and lifeline are available to tenants at cost.

As of September 2018, NAHS now owns and operates the 7 affordable market seniors’ housing complexes previously owned by the Mount Benson Senior Citizens’ Housing Society (MBSCHS). Addresses: 619 Comox Rd. 55, 65, 66, 69 and 73 Prideaux St. and 451 Selby Street.

NAHS also has two new seniors’ complexes under development:

  • 10 Buttertubs Drive – 159 units anticipated to open Spring of 2021
  • 77 Mill Street – 57 units anticipated to open spring 2020

There is no information available yet on these projects, however, if you want to put your contact information on file, please call 250-753-5031.

For all of these project, NAHS currently uses the BC Housing “Housing Registry” to find new tenants when vacancies occur. The housing Registry can be reached at 1-800-257-7756 or, if you have computer access, you can fill out the application on-line by visiting their website here or printing out the application here.

For other seniors’ housing complexes in Nanaimo operated by other non-profit societies that offer subsidized or affordable market housing for seniors, please visit the BC Housing website, Seniors Listings [click here], for contact information as application information differs by operator.

S.A.F.E.R.: The Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program helps make rents affordable for BC seniors with low to moderate incomes. SAFER provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents who are age 65 or over and who pay rent for their homes. The links below provide more information on SAFER. Application [click here]

There are also privately-operated complexes for seniors, some of which offer rent subsidy for some residents

First Nations Housing

Tillicum Haus Native Friendship Centre operates a housing complex at 479 Tenth Street for First Nations Elders & Young Adults. This complex consists of 10 Bachelor suites for young adults aged 18-24 and 8 one-bedroom apartments for singles or couples aged 55+. Interested applicants should contact Tillicum directly @ 250-716-3438 or e-mail to salishlelum@shaw.ca.

M’Akola Housing operates a number of housing complexes in Nanaimo for aboriginal families and seniors. For information on this housing, contact M’Akola @ 250-756-4217.

Other Community Resources

Canadian Mental Health Association – Mid Island Branch

Haven Society

M’akola Housing

Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre 

Nanaimo Family Life Association

Nanaimo Independent Living Resource Centre 

Nanaimo Youth Services Association

Pacifica Housing

Tillicum Haus Native Friendship Centre

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society 

Volunteer Nanaimo

Women’s Resource Centre