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Our Housing Story
The intent of Nanaimo’s Youth Housing is to provide safe, supportive and affordable housing to youth between the ages of 16 and 25 years old.
Applicants are assessed on their current need for housing based on criteria, which
includes the applicant’s income, safety concerns, current living situation, and personal requirements.
Our housing department focuses on administration and operation of two housing units that strive to provide supportive and affordable housing options for youth in the Nanaimo area. All housing units are drug, alcohol, and violence-free environments and have policies in place that could result in eviction should tenants not follow house rules.
1001 Waddington provides opportunities for youth to successfully transition into a supportive and affordable apartment building designed for youth in need of support and assistance.
NYSA’s Supportive Living Program works out of Waddington, and Outreach Workers are in regular touch with the residents should they wish it.
The facility consists of 20 one-bedroom units and 2 two-bedroom units. It also has common rooms used for community meals, movie nights and other social events. Residents are able to use the laundry facilities on-site and also take advantage of the common areas and children’s play area outside of the building.
As part of the Housing First Initiative,
Nanaimo Youth Services Association operates our Rowe House housing complex, located on Haliburton Street in a refurbished historical rooming house. At Rowe, we have 14 unique
single units available to youth between the ages of 19 and 30 years old.
Each room is fully furnished with a dresser, fridge and sink and on each floor; there is a common kitchen and bathroom area.
Tenants who are eligible for Rowe House
are those individuals who meet the age
criteria and who are employed or going to school on a full-time basis.
The intent of Rowe House is provide safe and affordable housing for youth looking for permanent accommodations in Nanaimo.