Housing Centre

Creating Safe Space
Ages 16 to under-19


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 16 one-bedroom units and 6 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.

Ages 19 to 25

Rowe House

Nanaimo Youth Services Association operates our youth affordable housing program from Rowe House on Haliburton Street, in a refurbished historical rooming house. At Rowe, we have 14 single units available to youth between the ages of 19 and 25 years old. Each room is fully furnished with a dresser, fridge and sink. 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.


Our Housing Story

The intent of Nanaimo’s Youth Housing  Centre is to provide safe, supportive and/or affordable housing and personal development options to youth between the ages of 16 and 25 years old.

Applicants are assessed on their current requirement for housing based on specific criteria, including the applicant’s need,  safety concerns, current living situation, and ability to pay toward the actual cost of housing. They also must be willing to participate in NYSA’s life skills and personal development activities taking place in the Housing Centre.

Our housing Centre focuses on administration and operation of two housing units that strive to provide supportive and affordable housing and life skills 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.

Frequently Asked Questions
Who can rent these units?

Youth between the ages of 16 and 25 are eligible to participate in NYSA’s Housing Centre program. Waddington houses 16 to under-19 year olds and Rowe House provides housing for 19 to 25.

What is the monthly cost?

Contact our housing department to learn the current cost of our units in both properties.

How Do I Register for a Program?

There is almost always a waiting list for both properties but if you want to put your name on the waitlist, use the orange button on this page to email us with your contact details and we will be in touch with you.

What if I Need Additional Services?

NYSA does not currently offer any other housing support services except for life skills training and informal guidance in dealing with other agencies. If you require special services, you should contact the appropriate agency using the directory located  on this page on this website.

Can I get a referral from/to another agency?

You don’t need a referral from another agency to qualify for housing with NYSA. However, if you are working with another agency and wish to have them assist you with your housing needs, they may contact us by using the red button on this page to email us. We will work with them to ensure that your needs are fully considered.

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