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Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission Releases Final Report

Aug 22, 2022 | 2:03 PM

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The Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission has released their final progress report.

Several important actions have been completed since their first report in January, including the provinces investment to create the Community Housing Growth Fund to expand and support the community housing sector. It was also noted that the government launched the first ever provincewide housing needs assessment to develop a long-term housing strategy.

The commissions co chair Ren Thomas stated that they are encouraged the government is continuing to take meaningful action to make housing more affordable. Of the 17 recommendations and 60 meaningful actions in last years report, close to 50 are complete or substantiality complete and most of the remaining are in progress.

“These Recommendations have been foundational in guiding our efforts to address the complexities of the housing crisis in Nova Scotia. We are making progress but there is still much more work ahead.” Says John Lohr, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.” I would like to thank the commission, stakeholders and members of the public who have shared their experience, expertise, and ideas with us.”

The commission was founded two years ago to develop recommendations to improve access to affordable housing. 45,100 Nova Scotia households are in core housing need and to date the province has committed more then 35 million to initiatives to support the recommendations of the commission. The province has also invested in initiatives that will produce more then 1,100 affordable housing units.

Paul LaFleche, the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and commission Co Chair acknowledges that there is no simple solution to the housing crisis and finding new ways to increase the supply and access for affordable homes will require all forms of government working together.


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