Nanaimo - 355 Nicol Street – Supportive Housing

Illustration of supportive housing


355 Nicol Street is owned by BC Housing. Samaritan House, operated by Island Crisis Care Society, provides shelter and transition housing to women experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These services will be temporarily relocated to 285 Prideaux as part of the COVID-19 emergency response centre starting Summer 2020, and eventually permanently relocate to 702 Nicol when the new permanent supportive housing and shelter space is ready.

Once the site is vacant, BC Housing will move forward on a plan to demolish the building and build 40 new permanent purpose-built homes with supports for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Nanaimo.

All new supportive housing buildings in the province have around-the-clock staffing to help young people, people with disabilities, seniors and others in critical need of housing. Experienced staff provide support to tenants, based on their assessed needs. Supports include medical and mental health and addictions services, as well as food, laundry, and security. An operator has not yet been selected for this site. All residents will pay rent.

Virtual Neighbourhood Meeting

BC Housing and its partners invite you to join us at one of two virtual neighbourhood meetings to learn more about the plan for 355 Nicol Street, have your questions answered and provide feedback to the project team. Registration information is available in the Key Dates section.

You can also send questions and feedback to communityrelations@bchousing.org. We welcome your feedback.

Community Advisory Committee

We will be looking at setting up a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) with representatives from BC Housing, the housing operator, other partners, community organizations and community members. We will also be working with the neighbourhood association and the downtown business community to successfully integrate the new buildings and residents into the community.




355 Nicol Street is owned by BC Housing. Samaritan House, operated by Island Crisis Care Society, provides shelter and transition housing to women experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These services will be temporarily relocated to 285 Prideaux as part of the COVID-19 emergency response centre starting Summer 2020, and eventually permanently relocate to 702 Nicol when the new permanent supportive housing and shelter space is ready.

Once the site is vacant, BC Housing will move forward on a plan to demolish the building and build 40 new permanent purpose-built homes with supports for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Nanaimo.

All new supportive housing buildings in the province have around-the-clock staffing to help young people, people with disabilities, seniors and others in critical need of housing. Experienced staff provide support to tenants, based on their assessed needs. Supports include medical and mental health and addictions services, as well as food, laundry, and security. An operator has not yet been selected for this site. All residents will pay rent.

Virtual Neighbourhood Meeting

BC Housing and its partners invite you to join us at one of two virtual neighbourhood meetings to learn more about the plan for 355 Nicol Street, have your questions answered and provide feedback to the project team. Registration information is available in the Key Dates section.

You can also send questions and feedback to communityrelations@bchousing.org. We welcome your feedback.

Community Advisory Committee

We will be looking at setting up a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) with representatives from BC Housing, the housing operator, other partners, community organizations and community members. We will also be working with the neighbourhood association and the downtown business community to successfully integrate the new buildings and residents into the community.



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  • Will this site be the new womans shelter ?

    karenmills Asked 16 days ago

    The new housing at 355 Nicol Street will not be a shelter. BC Housing is planning on developing permanent, purpose-built homes at this site that will provide onsite support services. The focus for the B.C. government is to create housing that helps people move off the streets permanently and helps people re-build their lives. 

    The women who are currently accessing emergency shelter services at this site through the Samaritan House will be able to continue accessing shelter and supportive housing at a new temporary location until new permanent, supportive housing is built.