Housing is the foundation of our work with individuals, providing supportive and therapeutic environments for recovery.
Gateway House is a ten-bed, fully staffed and licensed residential facility. It offers a therapeutic, integrative and empowering life skills program that assists individuals to achieve their personal goals.
Bob Currie Place provides eight residents with an enhanced supported semi-independent living (SIL) program. Support workers and a case manager provide on-going support.
K.C. House provides five residents with a SIL program. The residents carry out daily living activities. A case manager and support workers provide support, assistance and encouragement to residents.
Boundary Crescent provides 41 furnished, self-contained units of supportive housing. Through a unique partnership with Nanaimo Affordable Housing and Haven Society, VIMHS provides staffed tenant support services for individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
Rosehill Apartments (at 285 Rosehill Street in Nanaimo) offers 23 units of rental housing, with rates governed by BC Housing’s Community Housing Fund. All of the units are studio (i.e. “bachelor”) apartments; one is fully accessible for a tenant with mobility challenges. 4 of the units are designated as “deep subsidy”; 12 as “rent geared to income”; and 7 as “low market”.
Vancouver Island Mental Health Society is a proud member of the Nanaimo Homelessness Coalition.
In Campbell River…
The Rosebowl provides temporary (“bridge”) housing for 20 individuals from the local area who were previously homeless. Those living in Bridge housing await permanent supportive housing as it becomes available in the community.
Q’waxsem Place is a 50-unit supportive housing building that provides homes for people in the community experiencing or at risk of homelessness. On-site support services are provided to residents, including access to life-skills training, employment assistance and counselling, physical and mental health resources, and addiction recovery services.
Vancouver Island Mental Health Society is a proud member of the Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness and a partner in the Urban Indigenous Housing and Wellness Coalition.
“The primary and essential function of housing, to provide a safe and sheltered
space, is absolutely fundamental to the people’s health and well being.”
– Dearbhal Murphy