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Victims of the wildfires can call 211 for housing information

By Joe Thomson Jun 7, 2023 | 4:27 PM

Smoke from the wildfire in Tantallon. (Photo credit: Communications Nova Scotia).

Hundreds over Nova Scotians were made homeless last week by the wildfires that ravaged the province.

Department of Natural Resources and Renewables Minister Tory Rushton announced that displaced victims can now call 211 to receive information on housing accommodations. He said accommodations will be sorted out on a case-by-case basis.

“There may be individual [cases] with just two seniors that are in a home that might need something totally different than a family of five with three pets needs,” said Rushton.

He mentioned hotel accommodations as an example of what may be provided for some people.

Over the weekend, Premier Tim Houston mentioned that the province was looking to secure modular housing for the displaced families. He did not say how soon they would be available.

The president of the Canadian Homebuilders Association of Nova Scotia says it will be a lengthy process to rebuild all the damaged and destroyed homes.

With over 200 homes burnt by the wildfires, short-and long-term solutions will have to be sorted out as the victims try to piece their lives back together..


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