Nelson

Nelson, BC
Nelson, British Columbia on a map
  • Population: 18,307 (2016)
  • Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (2017)
  • Minimum Wage: $11.25/hr (September 2017)
  • Total Number of Shelters: 1 (2016)
  • Total Number of Beds: 17 (2016)

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS

  • number of shelter stays: 404 (2015)

Individuals estimated to be

  • experiencing some type of homelessness: 116 (April 2016)
  • of those surveyed, or at emergency or transitional housing: 91 (April 2016)
  • living on the streets: 40 (2010)
  • living as 'hidden homeless': 306 (2011)
  • living in facilities (incl. emergency beds) 355(2013)
  • living in housing with supports: 175-200 (2010)
  • part of the hidden homeless in the past year: 57 (April 2016)

People were found to be experiencing the following types of homelessness:

  • unsheltered: 27 (April 2016)
  • emergency: 13 (April 2016)
  • transitional: 22 (April 2016)
  • hospital, corrections, in care: 5 (April 2016)
  • couch surfing/temporary: 17 (April 2016)

HOUSING

  • Number of public & subsidized housing units: 476 (2013
  • 1-bedroom vacancy rate: 0.0% (2016)
  • 2-bedroom vacancy rate: 0.8% (2016)
  • Average cost of rent (bachelor): $874/mo. (2017)
  • Average cost of rent (1 bdrm): $973/mo. (2017)
  • Average cost of rent (2 bdrm): $1340/mo. (2017)
  • No. of households in core housing need: 745 (2011)
  • Total percentage of households in core housing need: 17.0% (2011)

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • The Nelson Food Cupboard Food Bank served: 15,175 (2015)
  • Income assistance (single individual): $710 (2017)
  • Income for those with a disability (single person/mo.): $1,133 (2017)
  • Number of individuals accessing income assistance supports: 383 (2013)

INDIGENOUS DATA

  • Pecentage of Aboriginal households in core housing need: 39.6% (2011)
  • Percentage of those surveyed in homeless count of Aboriginal ancestry: 24% (2016)