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Province To Help Protect Supportive Housing In HRM

By Caitlin Snow Dec 5, 2022 | 12:07 PM

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Some good news for those who need supportive housing.

The province is helping the North End Community Health Centre with two affordable housing properties that will help up to 32 Nova Scotians.

“Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr. “We’re pleased to help the North End Community Health Centre acquire these rental properties so that the residents can continue to live in a place they know and where they can access the community supports and services they may need.”

The government provided the center with a $2.45-million low-interest mortgage to buy a 20 until building in the north end of Halifax as well as a low-interest mortgage of $570,000 for a 12 unit building in Dartmouth.

The province is also going to fund new services for supportive housing, including maintenance, mental and addiction services, reduction programs and life stability and system navigation supports.

The Department of Community Services is providing $209,000 annually for operations, on-site support and services for the building in Halifax and $96, 000 for the Dartmouth property.

“This long-term commitment to providing services at these buildings will help residents maintain their independence. The service provider will provide stability and support while developing a sense of home and community for the residents.”
– Karla MacFarlane, Minister of Community Services

“The North End Community Health Centre is pleased to partner with the Province to purchase two new buildings that will provide supportive housing to those who would otherwise be experiencing homelessness. This collaborative effort will ensure 32 people not only have a roof over their heads but also receive the supports they need to remain housed in a dignified way.”
– Marie-France LeBlanc, CEO, North End Community Health Centre

The Community Housing Acquisition Program allows for non-profit organizations and other community housing providers to access up to $10 million in repayable loans to help with the purchase of existing rental units to prevent them from being converted into higher-end developments.

These mark the third and fourth projects received by a non-profit organization through the Acquistion Program.


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