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Nova Scotia government looking into housing relief options for those impacted by wildfires

By Joe Thomson Jun 6, 2023 | 9:43 AM

Premier Tim Houston gives an update on the wildfires raging across the province.

Many evacuees from the wildfires are returning home, but there are still hundreds without a home to go back to.

Premier Tim Houston said during a press conference yesterday that the province is working to provide housing relief options for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the fires.

“We want to work with you to ease whatever stress we can. We’re working on options for modular homes and we’re exploring all other solutions that come forward. Please reach out if there’s anything you need that you’re not getting or if you if you have any ideas around housing,” said Houston.

He said the province as already made asks to the federal government t secure modular homes for previous needs such as residences for healthcare workers. He would not provide and exact date for when the modular homes would be available, if at all, but said the government will try and get them as soon as possible.

He acknowledged that the wildfire tragedy puts more strain on an already tenuous housing situation in the province.

“We understand the urgency, we understand the existing housing crisis that’s been here, and this is kind of going to add to that for sure,” said Houston.

Thousands of evacuees have been returning home in Tantallon where the fire is now considered under control. Still, the HRM says it will be at least six to 10 days before residents from the area of significant impact (the pink section of the map in the tweet below) can return home. Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency says 151 homes have been damaged or destroyed inside of that area, leaving many families wondering where to go.


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